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|

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|