Youth cannot survive on hope alone: Ban Ki-moon

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Young people need more than hope for a secure future, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Ban spoke at the start of the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development in New York on Monday.

The session is focusing on adolescent youth.

The Secretary-General said the world's young people, who are aware of what's going and who care about the future, need to be empowered.

"Youth have great hopes for the future – but they cannot survive on hopes. They need food, jobs and health care. They especially need reproductive health care. We cannot ignore the facts. Many young people are sexually active. And because of this, they may face risks to their health, including sexual violence. They need the information and means to protect themselves."

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Mr. Ban said youth are more than a demographic force, but are a force for change, that's why he has pledged to appoint a Special Advisor for Youth.

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