Secretary-General’s message 2021 on International Youth Day - Archive

Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they
seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort.

This year’s International Youth Day highlights solutions developed by young innovators to address
challenges to our food systems. They are tackling inequities in food security, biodiversity loss, threats
to our environment and much more.

We see that same drive, creativity, and commitment in many other areas – from gender equality to
education and skills development.

But young people cannot do it on their own. They need allies to make sure they are engaged, included
and understood.

Guided by the United Nations system-wide Youth Strategy, Youth2030, the UN is strengthening its
work for and with young people worldwide.

I urge everyone to guarantee young people a seat at the table as we build a world based on inclusive,
fair, and sustainable development for all.

Thank you.

António Guterres


Sources: International Youth Day – Messages | United Nations