Reaching out to the youth

At the official launch in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres addressed youth leaders from world over and explained that this initial high-profile UN75 dialogue will set the tone for these global conversations on how the Organization can work harder to create a better future for all. 

“We want to change, we want to be better, we want to respond to your aspirations, to your concerns,” he said. 

“We want you to have the opportunity to play the role that youth must play in the modern world in which we live, and especially in the world we are trying to build.”   

Diverging from most UN meetings, where speeches from the dais are the norm, the Secretary-General instead sat in a semi-circle with the participants, stressing that he was there to listen, not to take questions. 

Image courtesy of (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre)

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