Speeches on Youth


Secretary-General’s message for the UNAI-ELS Many Languages One World Student Forum [delivered by Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information]

New York, 24 July 2015

Today we welcome to the United Nations the seventy winners of the Many Languages One World Contest co-sponsored by the United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Educational Services. You were asked to do something inspired and challenging—to write an essay in an official United Nations language that is not your own. You did so […]

28 July 2015|Speeches on Youth|

United Nations Secretary-General’s Ban Ki-moon message on World Youth Skills Day

I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day.  On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future.

While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million […]

14 July 2015|Speeches on Youth|

Secretary-General’s Remarks to ECOSOC High-Level Segment and Global Launch of the 2015 MDG Report

Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Your Excellency, Ambassador Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers,
Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to join you via video conference for this important session of ECOSOC […]

6 July 2015|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at G7 Working Session on Terrorism

I thank Chancellor Merkel for hosting this working session.

I am increasingly concerned by the spread of violent extremist groups and the malicious and hateful ideologies that are fuelling violence and terrorism around the world.

From the deadly ideologies of ISIL and Boko Haram, to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, this wave of intolerance and hatred is a serious […]

9 June 2015|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment

Thank you for this opportunity to speak on the important subject of youth empowerment and employment.

I thank General Assembly President Kutesa and the co-organizers: the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Population Fund. I am honoured by the presence many distinguished ministers today.

I welcome the many experts who join us today.

The world now has […]

1 June 2015|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at General Assembly event for the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth

It gives me great pleasure to be with you today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth.

I thank the President of the General Assembly for convening this important event.

I am delighted to see so many young people gathered under the same roof with UN Member State officials responsible for […]

1 June 2015|Speeches on Youth|

UN Secretary-General’s remarks at “Our World, Our Dignity, Our Planet: The Post-2015 Agenda and the Role of Youth” event

Remarks at the event: “our world, our dignity, our planet: the post-2015 agenda and the Role of Youth” Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 27 May 2015
I am very glad to be here with you today. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Yesterday, I spent the morning with the young people of Ireland. Today, I am with you in this beautiful Palais […]

27 May 2015|Speeches on Youth|

Secretary-General’s remarks at event for launch of Ireland’s UN Youth Delegate Programme

Dia dhaoibh! [Hello!]

I have had a very good visit to Ireland over the past few days, and will be leaving right after this gathering. My hosts have saved the best for last!

I am delighted to be with so many young people today.

I can see from your faces that you are excited about the results of […]

26 May 2015|Speeches on Youth|

In Seoul, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlights role of young people and technology in future development agenda

During his official visit to Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at two forums on May 20 highlighted the importance of youth, education and information communication technologies (ICTs) in shaping the future sustainable development agenda.

“Data is the new oil. Data centres are the factories of the 21st century. Data is the lifeblood of […]

22 May 2015|Speeches on Youth|

‘Make the choice of service,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chief tells Georgetown graduates

In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.

Here is the full statement of the UN Secretary-General:


Please join me in saluting the families, friends and faculty who shared in […]

17 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|