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Secretary General’s Message on World Youth Skills Day 2015



15 July 2015

            I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day. On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future.

            While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million adolescents who are out of school, denied the quality education they deserve and unable to acquire the skills they need.

            We may see an understandably frustrated youth population – but that picture is incomplete. With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies.

            Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs. It triggers a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone. And it strengthens youth capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, moving us closer to ending poverty hunger, injustice and environmental degradation.

            On this Day, I call for investing politically and financially in developing the skills of young people so that they can help build a more just and sustainable future for all.

Secretary General’s Message on World Population Day 2014

The Secretary General


11 July 2014

ban ki moonThe world today has its largest generation of youth in history – 1.8 billion young people, mostly in developing countries – with enormous potential to help tackle the major challenges facing humanity. But too many are denied their rightful opportunities to get a quality education, find decent work, and participate in the political life of their societies. World Population Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to help young people unleash progress across society.

Action is urgently needed. Too many young people lack resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. I am particularly concerned about adolescent girls who may face discrimination, sexual violence, early marriage and unwanted pregnancies. And even among those young people fortunate enough to receive university degrees, many find themselves without employment or stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs.

The solution lies in investments in health, education, training and employment for young people as they undergo the critical transition to adulthood. This will improve prospects for their lives and our common future.

Young people themselves are speaking out. Earlier this year, more than 1,000 youth organizations endorsed a Global Youth Call, welcomed by 40 countries, which recommends youth-focused goals and targets in the post-2015 development vision.

Next year marks the deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals, shaping the successor agenda, and adopting a meaningful legal agreement on climate change. Youth have a major role in all these processes. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action on Youth. Its practical guidelines for national action and international support remain relevant today. In particular, to fully carry out this Programme of Action, governments must respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all youth and respond effectively to any violations.

On this World Population Day, I call on all with influence to prioritize youth in development plans, strengthen partnerships with youth-led organizations, and involve young people in all decisions that affect them. By empowering today’s youth, we will lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future for generations to come.


Secretary General H.E. Ban Ki-moon visits Namibia

593014The United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon officially inaugurated the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia on 24 June 2014. This was a rare and joyous occasion, as the last time a secretary general came to Namibia was 17 years ago. During his speech at the UN house, Ban Ki-moon applauded Namibia on the progress it has made since independence and its transition to an upper-middle income status country. Ban Ki-moon further mentioned that “Namibia has also demonstrated its leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and promoting gender equality. With your assistance, the refugee population here dropped from 20,000 persons in the early 1990s to fewer than 3,000 now.” Although Ban was impressed with the positive and rapid progression that Namibia has made as a nation, he also stated that one of the most important challenges remains inequality and unemployment in the youth.

593018The Secretary-General also had private and official talks with His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba where a plethora of issues pertaining to international peace and security were discussed. The Post 2015 Development Agenda was also a topic of interest, with Pohamba stating that “Given our historical apartheid colonialism, which enforced segregation and inequality in our society, the per capita income is not a true reflection of the socio-economic reality, as it does not take into account the skewed income distribution inherited from the past.” Pohamba further said that he is one of 10 African presidents who formed an African Union Committee which aims to promote the African Common Position on UN reforms. Continue reading