11.04.2012 - Education Sector

Youth education, employment and empowerment key to global progress – Ban Ki-moon

UN Photo/E. Schneider- Secretary-General Ban mixes with students and educators at the Global Colloquium of University Presidents at Columbia University, where he delivered a keynote speech on youth.

Providing education, employment and empowerment for young people are key factors in achieving global progress, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a meeting on 2 April with educators and students in New York.

“Young people everywhere deserve the power to get information, to connect and to ask hard questions – about justice, equality and opportunity. Our job is to listen to youth and answer their calls,” Mr. Ban said in his keynote address to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents at Columbia University, entitled ‘From Youth Explosion to Global Transformation: Unleashing the Power of Youth People.

Mr. Ban also stressed the need to provide employment opportunities to the 74 million young people who are unemployed worldwide, and warned that a lack of jobs can lead to social unrest, as shown by the civil uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East over the past year.




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