Statement by the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Mr. Massimo Diana on International Youth Day

On IYD, we celebrate the achievement of these young revolutionaries and rededicate ourselves to supporting their demands for a democratic Sudan

Just one year ago, Sudanese agreed a political and constitutional declaration paving the way for a civilian transitional government.

We witnessed the great power that young people can have. During the revolution, Sudan’s youth led jubilant street protests, chanted under the hot sun and sang songs of freedom in the cool night.

On this international youth day, we celebrate the achievement of these young revolutionaries and rededicate ourselves to supporting their demands for a democratic Sudan.

Two out three of Sudan’s population is below the age of 35. But we have still not seen the full power of Sudan’s youth. Alongside the Ministry of Sports and Youth, we aim to realize the potential that Sudan’s youth deserve.

Across the world, some young people are skeptical of getting involved in politics. But this generation must fight for the future that they want — or else others will steal their voice. Don’t miss out.

Getting involved isn’t just about being involved in a political party. Civil society is about joining your local neighborhood committee, being a leader in your religious group, or participating in your business society.

When I was a young man in Italy, I worked for change as an organizer. I know that it is easy to become frustrated at the slow pace of progress in politics. But we must remember on this International Youth Day that working to change society can be frustrating. Sometimes, it was hard for me to see the change I was working for. You may feel the same.

But progress doesn’t come through a sudden burst of action. Change is collecting firewood over days, months and years with the hope that it can be ignited into action at the right moment. Change is made by people who show up — even when things seem dark.

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