UN Secretary-General Stresses the Consequences of Climate Change on Youth
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12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that climate change is happening and, if unaddressed, could hinder efforts towards the Millennium Development Goals and threaten peace and security.

He stated that today’s youth will bear the consequences of climate change, especially in developing countries, as the world […]

UN Secretary-General's message on the consequences of climate change during the International Youth Day 12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that climate change is happening
and, if unaddressed, could hinder efforts towards the Millennium Development
Goals and threaten peace and security.

He stated that today’s youth will bear the consequences of
climate change, especially in developing countries, as the world becomes more
inhospitable. Noting that young people can contribute to fight this challenge
now, as they can spread new habits and adapt quickly to low-carbon lifestyles,
he recommended engaging them in decision-making at all levels. He stressed the
need for the “spirit of youth in abundance” to make the transition towards a
low-carbon economy.
He added that clean energy and technology will create jobs
that could help alleviate youth unemployment and urged young people to invest
their energy into making a more sustainable planet. [UN Secretary-General’s message]

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