UNWTO joins UN agencies to reaffirm support for young people

27 Jul 11

The heads of 25 UN entities have released a statement reaffirming their commitment to make young people a priority in their work and incorporate their perspectives within the United Nations system. This expression of support at the highest level comes in the context of the United Nations International Year of Youth (August 2010 – August 2011).

“With strengthened resolve, we stand ready to work as one within the United Nations to support young people in achieving their aspirations,” says the statement.

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, was among the signatories of the joint statement of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). Youth travel has become an increasingly important part of global tourism in recent decades and the sector offers vital socio-economic opportunities for young people.  

Relevant links:

Joint Statement of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development

About the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development

Joint Statement by Heads of UN Entities for the Launch of the International Year of Youth

Youth Travel Matters – Understanding the Global Phenomenon of Youth Travel

Youth Outbound Travel of the Germans, the British & the French

Contacts:

Principal Media Officer: Marcelo Risi

Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60

UNWTO Communications Programme

Tel: +34 91-567-8100

Fax: +34 91-567-8218

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