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Annex 3

Message from the United Nations Secretary General U N IT E D N AT I O N S

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -MESSAGE TO THE FIRST CHILD AND YOUTH FINANCE INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT Amsterdam, 3-4 April

I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at this first-ever Child and Youth Finance International Summit. The world now has some 1.2 billion youth, the largest such generation in history. Beyond sheer numbers, young people today are better connected and have more access to information than ever before. They are using powers of social networking to shape our collective future. With the right support, today’s youth can also help advance the economic and social development of their communities and countries. Your summit is an opportunity to explore how to provide young people with the tools they need to optimize their contribution. I strongly support helping young people gain greater financial literacy as well as better access to services that will lead the way to employment, entrepreneurship and investing opportunities. At the same time, we must protect young people from exploitation by those who might prey on their lack of knowledge and savvy. The United Nations is supporting these goals in a number of ways. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Aflatoun Child Saving International and Child and Youth Finance International to promote curricula that facilitate learning social responsibility and financial competency. The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, has developed an initiative called YouthStart to increase access to financial services for low-income youth in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on savings and financial education. Investing in children and youth means helping them develop their potential. Beyond financial information and access, we must provide young people with a broad perspective on our world and their place in it as global citizens. By raising a generation that has the ability to make the most of their resources as well as the wisdom and drive to contribute to sustainable development, we can lay the foundation for a better future for all. 72

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2012 - The First Annual Child and Youth Finance International Summit & Awards Ceremony 2012  

The report provides an overiew of the sessions and outcomes of CYFI's first International Summit and Awards Ceremony held in Amsterdam from...

2012 - The First Annual Child and Youth Finance International Summit & Awards Ceremony 2012  

The report provides an overiew of the sessions and outcomes of CYFI's first International Summit and Awards Ceremony held in Amsterdam from...