EYF: UN Youth Strategy – a stepping stone to #YouthUp the UN?
Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, presented the UN Youth Strategy in an event chaired by Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. It has been a document which the European Youth Forum and other youth organisations have been waiting for with anticipation.
The European Youth Forum is very pleased to see the reality of the UN Youth Strategy. We and other youth organisations were able to provide input to earlier drafts of this Strategy. While we could have been further consulted, we are happy to see a good number of the European Youth Forum’s inputs integrated into the Strategy and its five priority areas.
It is equally a great pleasure to see UN Secretary-General Guterres continuing to prioritise youth during his mandate. The development of this Strategy represents the UN’s commitment to young people – a commitment that is indispensable for a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world – recognising that young people can, do and should participate in work to support peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. Yet young people also need support to overcome the barriers and obstacles they face, particularly in accessing their rights.
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