Malala addresses world leaders: "keep your promises"

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Malala Yousafzai (centre), education advocate and Co-founder of the Malala Fund, addresses the General Assembly during the opening day of the UN's Sustainable Development Summit, taking place in New York from 25-27, September, 2015. She is joined by youth from all 193 Member States holding lanterns that represent the youth’s hope for the future and committment to help meet the Global Goals set down in the Summit’s agenda, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The youth activist Malala has called on global leaders meeting at the United Nations to do more to both protect and empower young people.

The Pakistani teenager and Nobel Peace Prize laureate came to the world's attention after an attempted assassination by the outlawed Taliban terrorist group.

She had been advocating for the right of girls to attend school.

Veronica Reeves has more.

In an impassioned speech directed at world leaders, Malala called on them to keep their pledges to the youth.

"Promise us that you will keep your commitments and invest in our future. Promise that every child, will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.

Malala said in addition to denial of education, in her lifetime she had also experienced terrorism and displacement. She urged leaders to do more to help children fleeing conflict and violence worldwide.

In addressing the Assembly, she was joined by 193 young people from around the world, each one representing a UN Member State.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations. 

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