Celebrated every year on August 12, Secretary General António Guterres note that this year’s theme – “United Generations: Creating a World for All Ages” – reminds us of “a fundamental truth” that “wI need people of all ages, young and old, to join forces to build a better world for all.“.
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Solidarity between generations
The top UN official commented that too often, ageism, prejudice and discrimination have prevented this essential cooperation.
“When young people don’t make decisions about their lives, or when older people don’t get a chance to be heard, we all lose out,” he said.
Mr. Guterres stressed that as the world faces a series of challenges that threaten our common future, “unity and cooperation are needed more than ever”.
Are from COVID-19 on climate change and conflict to poverty, inequality and discrimination, “we need all together” to achieve Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and build a better, more peaceful future that everyone is looking for.
We need to support young people with big investments in education and skills building – “including next month Education Transformation Summit‘ said the general secretary.
“We also need support gender equality and expand opportunities for young people participation in civic and political life”.
It is not enough just to listen to young people, the UN chief asserts, “we need to integrate them into decision-making mechanisms at the local, national and international levels”.
This is at the heart of the UN proposal to create a new Youth Office at the Organization.
At the same time, he also pointed out the importance of ensuring that older generations have access to social protection and the opportunity to contribute to their communities as well as the ability to share accumulated experiences. decade in which they lived.
“On this important day, Let’s join hands across generations to break down barriersand work as one to achieve a more equal, just and inclusive world for all”, concluded the Secretary-General.