Young people want to craft new "narrative" for society

Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, addresses the International Youth Day event. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab takes its name from the Arabic word for "youth," but young people there have been urged to reclaim the word by a UN official who also happens to be one of their peers.

UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi says this is just one way young people can craft "their own narrative" by being peacebuilders for a more inclusive and tolerant society.

Mr Alhendawi, who was born in 1984, is the youngest senior official in UN history.

May Yaacoub caught up with him at the 7th UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum underway in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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