‘Challenge your leaders!’

Ban Ki-Moon tells Caribbean youth to let their voices be heard

“Our future is at stake, depending on how we take action today.”

These were just a few of the words of wisdom imparted by His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, as he addressed the young adults gathered in the Walcott Warner Theatre at the UWI Cave Hill Campus on Fridaymorning.

Speaking under the theme ‘Caribbean Youth Speak – The World we want post-2015″ at the symposium which was broadcast across the region, the Secretary-General sought to encourage younger members of society to take the initiative in making the world a better place.

Noting that one of his top priorities is reaching out to young people, he asked those present to consider what kind of future they wanted for themselves and beyond that, the future they wanted for their country and, by extension, the world.

In his view, it takes a global vision, one fueled with passion and balanced by compassion, to truly effect change.

Those gathered and viewing online were also given three main points to consider which Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon emphasised: “Raise your voice and challenge your leaders. Remember you are not just citizens of Barbados or the Caribbean and have big dreams which are both practical and realistic.”

Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hillary Beckles, in his remarks counted it an honour to have the Secretary General address an audience comprised of “the future generation of the Caribbean.”

Sir Hillary added, “We are comforted in this world to know that we have our supreme ambassador who is fully equipped and dedicated to take the world through this very difficult moment.”

Issues touched on at the symposium ranged from gender equality, to poverty among youth and climate change.

source – loopjamaica.com

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