"As secretary-general of the United Nations, I am committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world", he added.
"Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace", the United Nations chief added.
"The Purpose of the day is to draw attention to issues affecting youths; issues that surrounds young people".
"Young people are essential for any lasting solution leading to peace".
To celebrate this day, The Future Project will be having a one-hour twitter chat session with Mr Dozie Nwafor Mandela Washington Fellow 2017 as engages our followers on the 2017 theme "Youth Building" as well as how youth can participate in peace building in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, in Iraq, on her first official trip, the secretary-general's new youth envoy is carrying out dialogue with young people and meeting with United Nations officials.
"This is a time in history that we can really make a change because the future will depend on the implementation of the SDGs, and young people will have a crucial role to play", she spoke to UN News prior to the August 12 International Youth Day.
The official event to celebrate the International Youth Day is set to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, under the theme "Youth Building Peace".
Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015 on youth, peace, and security, which aims to enhance the participation of youth in these two fields, there has been a growing admission that youth are active elements in preventing the eruption of conflicts and preserving peace.