The United Nations on Wednesday called for Afghanistan’s youth to play a proactive role in dealing with the challenges facing their homeland.
Addressing a UN Day event in Kabul, the secretary-general’s deputy special representative referred to the world body’s support to the young people working for change in Afghanistan.
Mark Bowden told an audience of students and teachers at the Kabul University: “You will become lawyers, scholars, teachers and politicians. The country’s future depends on you. The UN also depends on you.”
Over the past 69 years, he said, the United Nations’ key goal had been to help foster peace across the globe -- an objective that remained unchanged.
Minister of Higher Education Obaidullah Obaidi acknowledged the UN’s efforts for Afghanistan’s reconstruction and political processes had been effective in improving people’s living standards.
In his message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change were exacting a heavy toll on millions of people.
Such individuals continued to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines, he added.
“The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been painful setbacks and there is much work still ahead to realize the Charter’s vision,” he said.