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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

New York, 1 March 2015 - Secretary-General's video message to the International Convention of CTeen, Chabad's Flagship Teen Programme

Shalom Bruchim Ha-baim, Welcome to Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and to all the delegates of CTeen.

A special welcome also to the 100 young people from Paris. The thoughts of us all are with those who have lost family and friends in the recent horrific terrorist attacks in that city.

Chabad institutions such as CTeen have a strong reputation for working in the community. This year you will honour young people who have made a significant difference in people’s lives through CTeen’s social service projects.

To them we say, thank you – and keep up the good work!

I encourage all of you to continue to reach out to anyone in need with no distinction. This spirit of compassion and equality drives the United Nations.

Empowering youth is one of my top priorities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN World Programme of Action for Youth. We have a campaign called #YouthNow that I hope you will all join.

When you speak up about the issues that matter we all benefit.

The United Nations stands ready to work with you.

Thank you.

Statements on 1 March 2015