Facing global challenges, finding hope in youth

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has highlighted the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the contemporary world, including those to peace, impacts of climate change and growing inequalities.

“The best hope to address these challenges is with the new generations, we need to make sure that we are able to strongly invest in those new generations,” said the Secretary-General, urging the international community to be fully engaged in addressing a key problem of youth unemployment.

 “The frustration generated in young people who have no hope in the future is a major source of insecurity in today’s world. It is essential that when governments plan their economic activities, when the international community develops forms of cooperation, youth employment and youth skills be at the center of all priorities, at the center of all projects,” he noted, adding: “unfortunately, this sometimes tends to be forgotten. One way to avoid this to be forgotten is to bet strongly on the empowerment of young people.”

He continued by saying that today, the eight richest persons in the world had the same amount of wealth that the poorest half of the global population had. “This indicates how unfair today’s global economy is. Unfair in the relations among countries, in which the divide, as it was said is increasing, but unfair also in the divide within each country, in which the gap between the richest and the poorest tends to increase and in which globalization and technological change works also as an accelerator of that increase gap,” he concluded.


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