On International Youth Day, celebrated on August 12 each year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for people of all ages to join forces to build a fairer and more inclusive world.
In a message to mark the day, Guterres said that this year’s theme “Intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages” recalls the obvious: people of all ages, young and old, must join forces. to build a better world for all.
“Too often, ageism, prejudice and discrimination stand in the way of this essential collaboration. When young people have no voice in decisions that directly affect them, or when older people are denied the opportunity to have their voices heard, no one wins,” he noted.
He considered that solidarity and collaboration are all the more crucial today as the world faces a set of problems that “threaten our collective future”, adding that everyone must mobilize to achieve the goals of sustainable development and building a better and more peaceful future.
“We need to support young people and, for this, invest heavily in education and skills development, especially in the context of the Education Transformation Summit to be held next month,” he insisted. , emphasizing the need to promote gender equality and provide young people with more opportunities to participate in civic and political life.
For the UN chief, it is not enough to listen to young people, “we must involve them fully in decision-making at local, national and international levels”. “This is the basis of our proposal to create a new Office for Youth at the United Nations”, he continued.
“We must also ensure that older generations have access to social protection and give them the opportunity to contribute to the community as well and pass on the life experience they have acquired over the decades,” said he concluded.