Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.
— Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 2003 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought