Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on International Youth Day, in New York today:
Hello, everyone. I’m truly happy to address you on International Youth Day.
As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world. In this spirit, I have appointed an impressive new Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake. She is the youngest member of my team — and one of the most important.
Governments must work with young people to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace.
Join us in mobilizing young people. Together we can create a peaceful world for generations to come.