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UN: Call for 2010 to be International Year of the Youth

New York, 28 September 2009: Speaking at the UN General Assembly annual high-level segment in New York, Tunisia's Foreign Minister called for 2010 to be proclaimed International Year of the Youth.
UN: Call for 2010 to be International Year of the Youth

Abdelwahab Abdallah, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. (UN Photo / Marco Castro)

Speaking at the UN General Assembly annual high-level segment in New York, Tunisian Foreign Minister Abdelwahab Abdallah called for 2010 to be proclaimed International Year of the Youth.  Indicating that some states had already backed a Tunisian proposal for such a declaration, he  said he hoped that the General Assembly would support a resolution during the current session.

Mr Abdallah said:

“We strongly hope that this initiative will contribute to deepening the awareness about the position that the youth shall enjoy within our societies so that they become an active stakeholder in the success of our development process."

“Globalization, with its numerous problems and major challenges, urges us to take care of our youth and constantly listen to their concerns in order to preserve them from exclusion and marginalization, protect them from the dangers of seclusion and extremism, as well as from carelessness and estrangement, while instilling in them the culture of tolerance and moderation."

 

Source: UN News Centre

Photo: UN Photo / Marco Castro

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