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Updated On: Monday, November 20 2017

Guterres Stresses Youth Empowerment

Content by: South-South News

17 Feburary 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — In a speech at Cairo University, Secretary-General António Guterres made an argument for the empowerment of young people. “There is here a central question for us all: believing that we are facing enormous challenges, believing that the best hope for those challenges is with the new generations, we need to make sure that we are able to strongly invest in those new generations.”

“We need to adapt our institutions, we need to adapt our political establishments to be able to interact also in those ways, in order to have a capacity for our young people to have a say in the way we manage our countries,” he said, “The way we manage our institutions, the way we manage our organizations, in order to make sure that the role of the youth, through their empowerment, can be determinant in the definition of our global objectives as an international community.”

He saw youth unemployment as a particularly destabilizing problem. The issue is “not only a terrible, terrible problem for those young people that see themselves without hope in the future, not only a terrible gap in relation to the development of countries, but it also became probably one of the worst threats to global peace and security,” Guterres said.

He concluded his February 15 lecture saying, “Here in Cairo University, and in a country with an extremely vibrant young population, it is important to say how much I believe that young population can contribute to making Egypt one of the leading countries not only in this part of the world but in the international community as a whole.”

In addition, Guterres noted that he has consistently said that the countries of the region that have been receiving so many Syrian and Iraqi refugees – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt – have not had enough support from the international community in general, from Europe in particular, both in relation to the refugees themselves and their living conditions and in relation to the host communities that share with them sometimes resources that are quite meager.

 

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