New York, Oct 28: The UN Global Youth Leadership Summit (GYLS), a new initiative of the world body aimed at bringing together young leaders in their efforts to speed up the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, will open tomorrow at the General Assembly.
The meeting, organised by the UN Office of Sports and Development on behalf of the world body, is being held in partnership with the Vishwa Prawasi Bhartiya Leaders Forum and is supported by the Gita- Mohan Mittal Foundation and the Inner Trip Reyukai International (ITRI).
Founder of Vishwa Prawasi Mohan Lal Mittal said, ''Our goal is to encourage young leaders to identify new solutions and ideas to eradicate systemic poverty in their communities and countries. We look forward to seeing what emerges from the summit and working with the UN and Governments to provide support, networks and expertise for young leaders to realise their vision.'' A young leaders' global village has been built on the UN premises, according to Djibril Diallo, director of UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace.
Addressing a gathering last night, Mr Diallo said a major panel discussion, involving heads of various UN agencies would be held on the occasion.
More than one-fifth of the world's six billion population is between the ages of 15 and 24, and 86 per cent of them live in developing countries.
The summit aims to educate youth leaders on the Millennium Development Goals (which include such things as eradication of poverty and improvement in education, health care) build a global network and international partnerships and connect youth and the UN system locally and globally.