UN chief underscores role of youth employment in combatting extremism

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In Kazakhstan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres makes special plea to SCO countries to show leadership to implement the Paris Agreement. Photo: UN Spokesperson

Leaders in seven countries affected by terrorism are being urged to focus on youth employment as a means to spur development and counter violent extremism.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres made the appeal in an address to members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at their summit in Kazakhstan on Friday.

Other SCO countries are China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, plus two new members, India and Pakistan.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General commended the countries for working together to combat key threats to peace and security.

All have been affected by terrorism and violent extremism, he said.

Mr Guterres stated that ultimately, inclusive and sustainable development is the best way to prevent armed conflict and violent extremism.

And in pursuing that objective, he urged leaders to "pay special attention" to youth employment.

He added that "democratic institutions that uphold the rule of law, and that provide peaceful channels for addressing grievances, are critical for progress and space for civil society, and free and independent media, are further ingredients for success."

The UN chief also urged leaders to show commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, which seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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