Secretary-General: Invest in youth today to transform the world tomorrow

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Ban Ki-moon

With the world projected to need about half a billion jobs in the coming decades, young entrepreneurs should be encouraged, educated and empowered, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

Speaking during a debate on entrepreneurship for development, Mr. Ban pointed out that the current generation of young people is the largest in history.

He said investing in them can transform the world.

"Too many young people are caught up in conflicts, languishing in poverty or struggling just to eat. We have to provide them with a peaceful, secure environment where they can cultivate their skills and contribute to society. Let us do everything possible to nurture young people and open their prospects for the future."

Mr. Ban also told the story of a young woman from Kenya who grew up in a slum and started a recycling programme, eventually creating 500 jobs.

He said this was an example of how entrepreneurship can transform unemployed youth into employers, while also finding solutions to sustainable development challenges.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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