12 de agosto de 2017, 09:46United Nations, 12 Aug (Prensa Latina) The United Nations today celebrates International Youth Day with a call to guarantee the leading role of this population sector in building a better world. "On International Youth Day, let us all unite - international actors, governments, civil society and educational institutions - to partner with young women and men to craft new paths together towards more peaceful societies".
He introduced 26-year old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as the youngest and "one of the most important" members of his team.
"On Saturday, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very risky conditions and with very little support or recognition, to build peace and promote security for all", Wickramanayake, told the event, which was hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Iraq.
"The theme of this year's International Youth Day - Youth Building Peace - emphasizes how young leaders can help move societies beyond conflict and violence by promoting gender equality, inclusion, and education".
Against the backdrop that numerous 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.
Wickramanayake stressed that new Secretary-General's vision to place youth at the center of the UN's work, namely development, human rights, peace and security, and humanitarian action, "also inspired me to become engaged in the process as the Youth Envoy".
Meanwhile, in Iraq, on her first official trip, the Secretary-General's new Youth Envoy is conducting dialogues with young people and meeting with United Nations officials.
August 12 was declared International Youth Day in December 1999.