In recognition of the world’s 1.8bn young people, the Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin, has called on governments to invest in quality opportunities so as to give the world a positive transformation.
Oshotimehin made the call in a statement, on Tuesday, to mark the International Youth Day celebration which holds today in more than 65 countries of the world.
According to the Executive Director, “In 65 countries, more than half the population is younger than 24. Denying these young people the right to meaningful participation in decision-making is a gross violation of their human rights and a failure of the democratic process. It is also a waste of human capital that can propel nations towards development.”
Speaking on the theme of the celebration: “Youth Civic Engagement”, Oshotimehin pointed out that young people are driving change towards a better future for all in every corner of the world.
“They are leading global action on climate change, campaigning to end discrimination, speaking out to uphold democracy and the freedom of speech, connecting our world with innovations in information technology, and building peace in societies ravaged by war.”