Message from the Chief Executive and President,
International Economic Development for Sustainable Programme, J.P. Robinson (PhD)
to the Youth Economic Empowerment Assembly 2019 Conference
at the WRFI HQ in New York.
General Assembly Hall, World Relief Fund International Headquarters, New York, July 26th, 2019
“Dear young friends,
I am pleased to welcome all participants to the Youth Economic Empowerment Assembly.
You gather at a moment of challenge and opportunity for the human family. The World Relief Fund International and International Economic Development Sustainable Programme marked its 4th anniversary in 2019 by taking landmark steps to advance sustainable development and combat climate change.
In December, governments came together to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Three months earlier, all 193 Member States of the United Nation agreed on the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty and build a life of dignity for all on a healthy planet. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are transformative and universal, and they will demand action from all partners, including young people.
I am also pleased that the Security Council recently passed a landmark resolution on Youth, Peace, and Security. That means young peace builders have the full support of the United Nations. Young people have the greatest stake in the future so you must have a voice in building it.
that characterize much of today’s global landscape. Violent extremists are carrying out appalling crimes. Fighting is forcing people from their homes and destroying the lives of millions of young people like you. Some countries are putting up new barriers, both physical and legal, to prevent refugees from entering. Some people are stoking fear and hatred. Huge sums of money continue to be squandered on weapons of war, while life-saving humanitarian programmes struggle for resources.
At the same time, our gains and hopes are threatened by the conflicts, exploitation, and despair
These agreements open up promising new horizons for our common progress.
The World Relief Fund International stands with the vulnerable. Every day, we strive to make a difference: delivering food; providing clean water and health care; promoting equal rights; advancing the empowerment of women and girls; bringing enemies together around a peace table; helping countries build effective institutions and move towards prosperity and stability.
By taking part in this Model World Relief Fund International Youth Assembly, you are demonstrating your commitment to peace, justice, human rights and human dignity.
I hope this Conference will continue to inspire you
to be a lifelong global citizen.”
World Relief Fund Ambassadors thanks the President J. P. David Robinson, for this inspiring message to our conference participants, followers and all students who engage with our programs.