The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was holding the keynote address on 3 April 2011 at the Global Colloquium at Columbia University, New York. In the face of the largest youth population ever know, the topic this years colloquium is “Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge”.
Speaking about the “Power of Young People”, he emphasized the advantage of youth of having the internet when fighting against injustice and for its ideals. Furthermore, he informed the participants that, after he announced the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth, he got statements of youth associations representing over 100 Million people altogether. As youth does not cover in front of authority, they are talking about topics which other people are silent like “the terrible violence and discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that he was holding a speech in March about this topic at a UN formal debate, urging the audience to take action against violence, decriminalize same- sex relationships.
The full speech of Secretary- General Mr Ban Ki-moon can be found below.