2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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