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#SafeSpaces4Youth #YouthDay

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The hopes of the world rest on young people.

Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance, all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.

Yet more than 400 million young women and men live amidst armed conflict or organised violence.

Millions face deprivation, harassment, bullying, and other infringements of their rights.

Young women and girls are particularly vulnerable.

The world's young people need safe spaces — public, civic, physical, and digital spaces where they can freely express their views and pursue their dreams.

We must invest so that young people have access to education, training, and decent jobs to achieve their full potential.

The United Nations is strongly committed to listening to the voices of young people and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that affect them.

This September, we will launch a new strategy to step up our work with and for young people.

In making the world safe for young people, we make the world better for all.

I wish all a happy International Youth Day!

#Mysafespace

 

International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognise efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

 

António Guterres

Secretary General

United Nations

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