Geneva: Although most young people are not at high risk of severe disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, they play an important role and share in the collective responsibility to help stop transmission, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation expressed.
Celebrating International Youth Day with a theme ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ along with UNESCO’S Director General Audrey Azoulay, Dr Tedros recognised young people, youth organisations and youth networks around the world for the collection action during COVID-19.
He opined,”This pandemic is having a major impact on the future of young adults — not just from the virus itself, but because of its impacts on the economy, employment, education, and the overall health system. Dr Tedros asked young people to “be informed and make choices about their health to prepare for long and healthy lives.”
“It is critical that we engage with young people now to start the journey to understanding their own health,” Dr Tedros said.
He further left three requests for youth. First, he called on organizations, institutions and governments “to listen, engage and empower young adults as partners in action. Our future is their future.”
“Second, we have to give young people a much larger role in political decision-making. Their voices often go unheard, even though more than half of the world’s population is under 35 years old.”
“Finally, and most importantly, to young adults around the world, I say: Think big and be bold. We count on you for your creativity and your fresh ideas. Working together, all of us, old and young, from everywhere in the world, can overcome this pandemic,” he added.