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Roughly 31% of the world’s population is under the age of 18, of which, 85% are presently living in the developing world. It is important to partner with the youth to develop solutions to today’s global issues, especially those affecting the youth such as the global economic crisis and youth unemployment, armed conflict and violations of international humanitarian law, and environmental protection and the development of sustainable energy. UFMEP is devoted to educating and empowering the youth, as they play an important role in shaping the future of our world. UFMEP focuses its attention toward the youth because their involvement is an essential ingredient in the achievement of lasting peace. As the leaders of tomorrow, the youth will formulate the political agenda, determining priorities, which will greatly affect the state of our world in the centuries to come. Through the promotion of peace, human rights, interfaith dialogue, education, and solidarity, UFMEP helps the youth work toward a successful future for themselves and a better future for all.
“Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide… you want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it. And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”
-UFMEP President Sally Kader
Youth Events:International Peace Day Conference with Muslim Youth Association-2004