UN Partners With WYD for Panel on Youth Leadership

Will Consider Young People’s Role in Peace

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World Youth Day organizers and the United Nations are partnering to sponsor a morning of debates about the role of youth in sustainable development and peace.  

The event «Youth and the culture of peace» will take place on July 23rd.

There will be participation on behalf of Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, and a moment for presentations by five youth representatives, from the five continents. About 650 youths are expected to attend.

The event will take place at the Brazilian Bar Association building (Edifício OAB), where consulates of the international delegations will have offices during the WYD Rio2013.

According to WYD Executive Secretary Monsignor Joel Portella, the Rio week is an opportunity to listen to the youth and learn their expectations for the world.

«The WYD has a very interesting characteristic as it draws the youth to look to God, to the world and to themselves,» Monsignor Portella said. «This leads to a great responsibility in the construction of this new world.»

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