The UN Secretary General and a team of panelists held talks with the students on Monday. They also replied several questions that students asked them, relating to girl child education, a senior institute official said. In the live discussion over a hundred young people from five schools, one each from Asia, Africa, Middle-East, Latin America and Europe were connected to the UN Headquarters at New York.

Ban Ki-moon held the interactive dialogue with young people across the world on Monday ahead of the International Youth Day and launched an online United Nations platform for youth in conjunction with his special envoy Ahmad Alhendawi on this issue. August 12 is globally celebrated as International Youth Day (IYD) since 2000. It is an awareness day designated by the UN to recognize efforts of the youth in enhancing global society.

"Your generation is the largest the world has ever known. The tools at your disposal for communicating and acting are unprecedented. But so are the challenges, from growing inequalities and shrinking opportunities, to the threats of climate change and environmental degradation," Ban told the students.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences was selected to represent Asia continent. "Several issues and concerns around education, health, governance, livelihood, employment and science were raised by youths from around the world during the discussions," an institute official said.

The institute, founded by social entrepreneur Achyuta Samanta, is home to more than 20,000 tribal children who receive free education from kindergarten to post-graduate level and vocational training.


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