Volkan Bozkir (General Assembly President) on World Youth Skills Day
14 Jul 2021
Video message by Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, on World Youth Skills Day.
H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th session of the General Assembly marks World Youth Skills Day. "1.8 billion, that is roughly the number of young people around the world. That is 1.8 billion voices demanding to be heard. 1.8 billion women and men, girls and boys, searching for jobs, livelihoods, a chance to contribute, to innovate, to create, and to thrive. We do a disservice when we deny young people the skills they need to prosper. Theirs is a generation of incredible potential and unparalleled reach, all they ask for are the tools to get there. By empowering youth, we quite literally invest in a future for ourselves and for our planet. We open the gates to new industries, economic growth, and inclusive, transformative pathways for a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future. The future of work is digital. Young people are driving the fourth industrial revolution and stand to gain or lose the most out of a continued digital divide. Closing this gap, giving them the capacity to leap forward, is the fastest, surest way to accelerate sustainable development. To the young people around the world: you will forge our pathway to 2030 and beyond. You have the power to create a better world for all. If we are to meet the 2030 Agenda, the innovation, commitment, and drive of young leaders is not just desirable, it is essential. On World Youth Skills Day, I call on young people to continue pushing for energy transformation, to support a digital and green recovery from COVID-19, and to demand to be given the skills and resources needed to contribute to our societies and to your own futures. This means learning new skills and having access to the latest technologies and innovations. It means embracing networked and partnership-oriented thinking; encouraging resilience and adaptiveness; and forging ahead with an entrepreneurial mindset. And it means a whole-of-society approach to close the digital and energy divides, and to prepare our children and youth for the future of the world we want. Thank you."