Deputy Secretary-General, UN
"The UN looks forward to continued cooperation with the Commonwealth to uphold our shared values and achieve our common objectives.”
The Commonwealth traverses a diverse grouping of countries that together house one third of humanity. As such, it makes important contributions to international cooperation for the common good. At the same time, we know that many of today’s global challenges are present across the Commonwealth, among them the imperative to ensure the peace and wellbeing of young people, today and tomorrow.
Forty per cent of the Commonwealth’s main asset – its people – are aged under 30. Yet, they shoulder a heavy burden in a world of plenty. Millions are unemployed or lack the skills needed in an era of rapid change. Many live in countries affected by armed conflict and fragility. All will come fully of age in a world experiencing momentous advances in technology and the heightened impacts of climate change.
We who have built today’s globalised world, with all its advantaged and flaws have a duty to empower younger generations to build better lives for themselves. Education is pivotal to this quest...