New York – (24-July-2017) According to United Nations, “there are about 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 – the largest youth population ever our planate had. In fact, in the world’s 48 least developed countries, children or adolescents make up a majority of the population.” Due to high proportion of young population in the world made former UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon to initiate “the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth” in 2013.
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake the former Youth Delegate of Srilanka has appointed as second UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth during the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations at UN Headquarters. Mr. Fsahat Ul Hassan Youth Delegate from Pakistan who is also attending the high level forum, appreciated the appointment of a young girl from South Asia. “This is the right time and an opportunity for the young people of Pakistan and South Asian youth at large to drive an effective youth movement for the accountability on Sustainable Development Goals”, he added. He also appreciated the role of Pakistan mission particularly of Ms. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at UN to facilitate the youth participation in future.
I am looking forward to work with young people on their issues in coming years and I would make sure youth agenda is center of the development, said newly appointed UN Youth Envoy during the informal dialogue with youth at UN Headquarters in New York.