Speeches on Youth


UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon,
President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women,
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson,
Mr. Kiefer Sutherland

Ladies and gentlemen –

I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN…
I’m so honoured […]

29 September 2014|Envoy’s news, Speeches on Youth|

Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Democracy 2014

15 September 2014 – As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

Recent outbreaks of […]

14 September 2014|News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

Secretary-General’s opening remarks to Global Interactive Dialogue on UN Youth Initiatives

27 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

International Youth Day 2013: Secretary-General’s Message

This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration.  Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences.

The reasons young people migrate are many.  Some are fleeing persecution, others are escaping […]

27 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at opening ceremony of UNESCO youth forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Yeosu (Republic of Korea), 12 August 2012

It is wonderful to be here. Thank you for your warm welcome.

I arrived in Yeosu just a short while ago.

This is my first stop on this visit to Korea – but it is my third visit to Yeosu.

I was here for the first time as a senior […]

16 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at Youth Event at Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vienna (Austria), 26 February 2013

Thank you very much. Dear young friends, ladies and gentlemen, excellencies, it is a great pleasure to join you today. I was excited, I can immediately see and feel the excitement and energy of the young people here. I thank you very much for this opportunity.

It is quite fitting […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to the Economic and Social Council Youth Forum “Shaping Tomorrow’s Innovators: Leveraging Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture for Today’s Youth”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 27 March 2013

Good morning!

It is wonderful to see you here. Welcome to the United Nations. This is your home.

I want to start with two questions. And I want you to shout your answers. Let me hear what you think.

First: Is the United Nations doing enough for young people?

Next: Can the United […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 05 June 2013

Welcome to the third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development.

It gives me great pleasure to host this important gathering.

The link between sport, peace and development grows stronger by the year.

It can be traced back in history to the original Olympic truce, which guaranteed safe passage to athletes […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at “Entrepreneurship for Development” General Assembly Thematic Debate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 26 June 2013

I am pleased to address this important debate.

We meet in the middle of a global jobs crisis that demands a bold response.

This year, some 73 million young people will be unemployed.

An estimated 425 million young women and men will join the labour force between 2016 and 2030. That means […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Youth

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 25 July 2011

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished Ministers,
Ms. Alek Wek,
Mr. Romulo Dantas,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me first share my shock about the terror attack in Norway on Friday.

I condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms.

I am particularly saddened that this murderer singled out young […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|