Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:00

SRSG Kobler to Iraqi youth: "You are the jewel of Iraq and the future of this country"

Baghdad, 12 August 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, joined Prime Minister Mr. Nouri al-Maliki and Minister for Youth and Sport Mr. Jasim Mohammed Jaafar today in a special celebration of International Youth Day in Baghdad.


Speaking to an audience of over 200 young people, Mr. Kobler pointed out that almost 30% of Iraqis are between 15 and 29 years old.  “The voices of millions of Iraqi young people are important. Together you represent the future of this country,” he told them.


During his speech, Mr. Kobler announced the creation of a United Nations Advisory Group on Youth Issues. “This group of young Iraqi men and women will advise me on what the young people of this country are thinking. We want the UN’s work to be guided by youth.” SRSG Kobler also called on the Government of Iraq to consider including a young person in its delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.


Youth empowerment is a key priority for the UN. SRSG Kobler highlighted unemployment, access to information, and education as critical issues for the future of Iraq’s young people.


The International Youth Day celebrations were co-organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sports, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
The UN would like to thank Zain Iraq for its support in marking the celebrations.

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