“Now is the time for youths to come out and be engaged in all sectors of the society; never has the world been more open and accommodating to youths’ ideas, strength and abilities.”
The appeal comes in a message from Wavel Woodcock, the CEPS Youth, Culture and Sports Commissioner, on the occasion of the International Youth Day being celebrated today.
Mr Woodcock’s message reads:
“Today is August 12 and it is International Youth Day. In his opening remarks to commemorate the day, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon stated: ‘Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out and I am urging leaders to listen’.
“Approximately 1.8 billion of the world population is made up of youths.
Youths are the pillars of our economy, they are the future of any nation, without youths there is no continuity, and there is no sustainability.
“Mr Ban Ki-moon rightly said that world leaders need to listen and take into consideration the inputs of the young generation. Youths are vibrant, innovative, they are more receptive to change and they can adapt to the times and provide a touch of fresh air.
“On the occasion of the International Youth Day I wish all the youths of Seychelles a happy day and encourage them to continue to be involved in nation building.
“Now is the time for youth to come out and be engaged in all sectors of the society, never has the world been more open and accommodating to youths’ ideas, strength and abilities.
“Youths you are the future, we are the future of the world. I urge all my young brothers and sisters of Seychelles to become more involve in every aspect of life; in education, health, economy, social affairs, politics and other areas.
“You have more potential and talents than you may realise, do not be afraid to showcase what you have, you might be the solution that the world is waiting for. In the word of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.
“The youths of the world have joined forces in the Action 2015 campaign to rally and mobilise youths across the globe. This is the year the world leaders are setting global goals to end poverty, inequality and climate. It is down to us to make sure those promises are kept. 2015 is a once in a generation opportunity, and as the largest population of young people in history we are the generation with the power to make sure the world keeps its word.
“Youth arise and shine for your time has come to make an impact on a global scale.”