Young people know what they need and want: GA President

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Young people attend a meeting at the General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Young people around the world know what they want and need, according to the President of the General Assembly.

Ambassador John Ashe spoke at an event on "The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda."

2015 is the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000 to, among other things, eradicate poverty and promote gender equality.

Ambassador Ashe said the world's 1. 8 billion adolescents and youth are one of the greatest assets for the world.

"While they are often denied the investment and opportunities to make use of their full potential, whether due to a lack of employment and education opportunities, disease burden or child marriage, they are well aware of what they want and need: quality education and health care, job opportunities, protection from all forms of abuse, removal of barriers that hinder inclusion and participation, and open and transparent governance."  (28″)

Ambassador Ashe said that across the world, youth have shown the impact they can have in social and political movements, ranging form the Middle East and Eastern Europe, to Latin America and Africa.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration:  1’28″

 

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