NEW YORK (Web Desk) – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly alongside 193 youth representatives from the Organization’s 193 Member States, Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai asked world leaders to promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.
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“World leaders sitting there, look up because the future generation is raising their voice,” Ms Yousafzai told hundreds of senior government officials in a stirring address delivered from the highest mezzanine of the General Assembly Hall, reported UN News Centre.
“Today, we are 193 young people representing billions more. Each lantern we hold represents the hope we have for our future because of the commitments you have made to the global goals,” she added as each young person held up a blue light.
The 17 Global Goals are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the General Assembly just minutes after the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate addressed the Hall.
“I’m hopeful that we all in the UN will be united in the goal of education and peace, and that we will make this world not just a better place, but the best place to live. Education is hope, education is peace,” Ms Yousafzai stressed.
Earlier, made her Hollywood debut at the premiere of Fox Searchlight’s documentary “He Named Me Malala” at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday night.