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President, Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger introduces Joseph E. Stiglitz, University professor at the Columbia University Business School, to the Global Colloquium.
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz delivers his address titled “Young and Restless: Youth and the Global Recession” to participants.
Linda P. Fried
Linda P. Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice, delivers her address titled “A counterintuitive Frame: Aging, Forever Young” to participants.

“Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge: Addressing the Needs of the Largest Generation of Young People the World Has Ever Known.”

In the wake of the global financial and economic crisis, and with the more recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, youth issues have risen to the top of national and international agendas. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made working with and for young people one of the key priorities of his second term action agenda.   In his speech to the General Assembly in January 2012, he called on the United Nations to do all that it can to meet the needs and create opportunities for the largest generation of young people the world has ever known. Youth employment, entrepreneurship, political participation, human rights, education and reproductive health will be areas of key focus over the next five years. The Secretary-General has further announced the appointment of a new Special Advisor for youth to develop and implement this agenda and spearhead a UN youth volunteers programme.

The Secretary-General’s initiative will build on existing UN programs that support youth development and promote the importance of investing in young people. It takes as a starting point, the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to achieve an environment in which young people can fully develop their potential.

The work of the United Nations on youth is coordinated through the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), a network of more than 30 United Nations entities.  The United Nations’ engagement on youth related issues is broad. Areas of work include youth and health, youth and education, youth and employment, youth and political participation, youth and violence and youth and social media.