New York

15 October 2020

Secretary-General's video remarks to the Y20 Summit, 15-17 October 2020

It is a pleasure to greet the Y20 Summit and to welcome youth delegates from across the G20 countries. 

Today, the world is facing multiple challenges. 

The climate crisis is escalating rapidly, leading to extreme weather, food insecurity and population displacements. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global suffering, upended economies and disrupted education. 

The pandemic has also exposed systemic injustices. And young people are among those most affected. 

As the world strives to recover better, young people have a central role to play. 

Already, you are at the front lines of movements for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and racial justice. The decisions we make during this Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals will be critical to the future of people and planet. 

We cannot go back to a pre-pandemic world of poverty, inequality and conflict. We must rebuild sustainably, by raising ambition on climate mitigation, adaptation and finance, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 

The United Nations is strongly committed to standing with you, and building equal partnerships with young people. We are here to listen, learn and support you every step of the way in shaping a better future for all.

Thank you.