The Secretary-General of United Nations, António Guterres, has reiterated the critical role of youths in creating a peaceful world for generations to come. He said this during an address in commemoration of the International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, saying he is committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world.

According to Guterres, “Governments must work with young people to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace,” continued Mr. Guterres.

After the Youth Envoy invited everyone to join in mobilizing young people, the Secretary-General said, “Together, we can create a peaceful world for generations to come.” He said

He continued by sayin “against the backdrop that many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people are affected by the hardship of conflict and war, the 2017 edition of the International Day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Youth Building Peace.

Considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective, this year, the Day recognizes that more and more societies around the world are recognizing the role of youth as agents of change and critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace.

Organized by the UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, today’s event draws together experts from youth civil society, government and the United Nations to explore the various ways in which young people are contributing to building and sustaining peace”.

The theme for the International Youth Day 2017 is Youth Building Peace, which is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s most innovative and youth-friendly telecommunications company, 9mobile has celebrated Nigerian youths for their exceptional resourcefulness and can-do spirit, and urged them to continue to engage in ventures that foster peace and development.

Joining the United Nations in the commemoration of the International Youth Day 2017, 9mobile restated its commitment to empowering the Nigerian youth through its support for education, arts, entertainment, sports, entrepreneurship and other avenues for youth development.

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