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Youth

One of the young girls in the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan, receiving training in trade to better their education.

One of the young girls in the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan, receiving training in trade to better their education.

Quotations

"Let us acknowledge and celebrate what youth can do to build a safer, more just world. Let us strengthen our efforts to include young people in policies, programmes and decision-making processes that benefit their futures and ours."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message on International Youth Day, 12 August 2010

"It has been said that knowledge is power. We need to strengthen education systems so that young people can benefit from cultural diversity, and not be victimized by those who exploit differences."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon -- to Security Council on Intercultural Dialogue for Peach and Security 2010

"You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – remarks Sto the 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit, 20 November 2010

"Now, more than ever, we need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water. These issues cannot be addressed in isolation."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – remarks at UNFCCC, 7 December 2010

"Three decades into this crisis, let us set our sights on achieving the “three zeros” -- zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World AIDS day

"Universal ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict will establish an international moral consensus that no child should take part in hostilities or be involuntarily recruited and that former child soldiers should be assisted by their governments after a life of violence and distress."

Statement by Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, 2010

"Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world."

Former South African President Nelson Mandela at the launch of the Mindset Network, 16 July 2003

"I believe in a world of justice and human rights for all. A world where girls can grow up free of fear of abuse. A world where women are treated with the respect and dignity that is their right. A world where poverty is not acceptable. My dear young friends, you can make this your world."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – remarks to UNA-USA Model United Nations Conference, 13 May 2010

"As the young leaders of tomorrow, you have the passion and energy and commitment to make a difference. What I'd like to really urge you do is to have a global vision. Go beyond your country; go beyond your national boundaries"

"You have to work and think about how we can make this world a better place for all. This is what I'd really like to ask our young leaders. We will try as leaders of today to minimise the problems which we will hand over to you. But it is to you. You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen."

Secretary-General's remarks to the 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit
Lisbon, Portugal, 20 November 2010

"You are already leaders. Your ideas, your actions and your decisions make a difference. More than any other generation, you have a voice. Social networking is changing how we interact - and it can change our world. You are in touch with peers from around the world. You understand the power of instant communication. I appeal to you to use that power for the common good, the power of communication and the power of networking."

Secretary-General's remarks to UNA-USA Model United Nations Conference
New York, 13 May 2010