On the occasion of International Youth Day a number of politicians from around the world made statements about the importance of young people's participation in community leadership, politics and development. Stating one's support and actually providing that support are, of course two different things. Still, it's nice to hear (or read) politicians talking about youth participation.
Below is a sampling of news articles describing political leaders' statements on International Youth Day.
VP Reiterates Gov't Commitment to Youth Empowerment
'More youth participation needed in India's decision-making'
Youth key partner for sustainable development of world: NA Speaker
Nourishing of youth imperative to put country on path of progress: Chairman Senate
'Unutilised' youth hope for participation in decision-making
The United Nations
SUSTAINABILITY: Our Challenge. Our future.
And last but not least, testimony from an actual young person to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint Committee on Election Laws:
Honoring International Youth Day - An Ethiopian Youth Activist's Perspective