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Although everyone has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on young people has been “particularly heartbreaking”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

In one video messageAt the Global Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, he urged participants to help shape a better world after the crisis, in line with the theme of the conference.

“Building a better tomorrow starts today. So to the young people attending this forum, keep talking. Continue to identify the solutions and actions we need to recover.

The Secretary-General spoke of some of the devastating effects COVID-19[female[feminine treated the youth of the world.

Call for change

More than 1.6 billion have seen their education interrupted, while unemployment among their ranks has increased.

Young people have also seen access to services such as healthcare and counseling decline, during a difficult time for mental health.

At the same time, they intensified.

“On the streets and online, they are calling for change – demanding equality, peace, justice and action on the climate crisis,” said the Secretary General.

“They support each other – in their neighborhoods and on social media. And through events like this, they offer ideas and solutions on how communities can rebuild and emerge stronger from the pandemic.

Message to leaders

The forum runs until Thursday and is held under the theme of Back Together: The World After COVID-19, which, according to the UN chief, is a reminder that there is no time to waste.

After urging young people to keep speaking out, the Secretary-General also sent a message to the leaders and policy makers in attendance.

“As you look to recovery, look to the young,” he advised. “Young people are an incredible source of innovative ideas and solutions. Their needs must come first in policy and investment discussions.

Guterres said he looked forward to hearing the outcomes of the forum and working with participants to shape a better future beyond the pandemic.

Peace, Development, Creativity

The discussions of the World Youth Forum revolve around three axes: Peace, Development and Creativity.

It was first held in Sharm el-Sheikh in November 2017, according to the official website.

The initiative was developed by a group of young Egyptians at the National Youth Conference in April, who came up with the idea of ​​holding a dialogue with counterparts around the world.

Since then, three sessions have taken place, the last one having taken place in 2019.