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Dear WFUNA Youth:

At the UN European Youth Leadership Summit, Kofi Annan called youth into
action. His statement below shows just how crucial youth are to the future
of international development.


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on young people
to remind Governments of the pledges they made to translate the Millennium
Development Goals, which seek to remedy a host of social ills by 2015,
into reality, saying that as "leaders of the future" the youth of
today are essential to helping meet these targets.

Mr. Annan's message was delivered at the opening of the UN European
Youth Leadership Summit in Vienna, which runs for three days and brings
together young people from 27 European countries to discuss ways to
accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
through sport, culture and peace.

"Governments need to be reminded of the pledges they have made to
translate the Millennium Development Goals into reality. That is where
young people like you come in. Your voice can hold leaders to those
pledges. I know you will not resign yourselves to a world where others die
of hunger, remain illiterate and lack human dignity," Mr. Annan said.

"That is why this Leadership Summit is right to focus on sport and
culture as tools to accelerate progress towards reaching the Goals. As the
massive following of the FIFA World Cup currently shows us, sport has an
exceptional power to mobilize, motivate and unite people from every
continent, race and religion in a common cause. The same is true of
culture in all its forms – from music to poetry and art."

The Summit is being organized by the UN New York Office of Sport for
Development and Peace and is hosted by the Government of Austria in its
capacity as the current holder of the European Union (EU) Presidency,
according to the UN.

The Director of the New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace,
Djibril Diallo, pointed out that the young participants were the first
generation of the 21st century, gathered to discuss the future of Europe
and how to be leaders.

At the end of the conference on 21 June, a torch – symbolising youth,
cooperation and sport – will be passed on to a youth leader from the
United States, and the regional summits will end in a global summit at UN
Headquarters in New York on 30 October 2006.

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