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UN Secretary General committed to young people

Published:Monday | October 4, 2021 | 9:33 AM
UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) meets Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados - Contributed photo.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says he is committed to ensuring that the global body is a place where “youth voices are heard, and their ideas lead”.

Guterres, who arrived in Barbados on Saturday, will attend the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) starting on Monday.

The conference will focus on the need to build a global green economy and recover equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guterres will be addressing the hybrid format UNCTAD15 conference, under the theme, “From inequality and vulnerability, to prosperity for all”.

The UN said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will be giving the opening remarks virtually, followed by the host Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Rebeca Grynspan.

Guterres is expected to underscore the challenges of tackling debt distress, and the need to mount a sustainable and equitable recovery for all, according to his deputy spokesperson, who briefed journalists.

“He is also expected to highlight the need to re-ignite the engines of trade and investment, and ensure they benefit the poorest countries, as well as the need to build a global green economy”, said Farhan Haq.

On Sunday, Guterres held talks with Mottley and later tweeted reminded that, in a powerful speech to the UN General Assembly last week, she had highlighted the importance of investing in protecting the most vulnerable across the world – “a priority for this island nation, and one I'll continue pushing for.”

Guterres met with government officials and visited climate change-impacted areas of Barbados “to see for himself the effect of erosion and land degradation.”

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