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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on Youth, Peace and Security - Security Council Open VTC
27 Apr 2020 -  Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on youth, peace and security during the Security Council Open VTC.

" I welcome this opportunity to present my first report on youth, peace and security.
Since this report was issued, our world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Young people are feeling the impact acutely, from lost jobs to family stress, mental health and other hardships.
Over 1.54 billion children and youth are out-of-school.
Young refugees, displaced persons and others caught up in conflict or disaster now face even more vulnerability.
Persons with disabilities may face new hindrances in access to the services and support to which they have a right.
Even before the current crisis, young people were facing enormous challenges.
The numbers are startling:
One of every five young people was already not in education, training or employment.
One of every four is affected by violence or conflict.
And every year, 12 million girls become mothers while they themselves are still children.
These frustrations and, frankly, failures to address them by those in power today, fuel declining confidence in political establishments and institutions.
And when such a cycle takes hold, it is all too easy for extremist groups to exploit the anger and despair, and the risk of radicalization climbs".