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U.N. Secretary-General meets with Tunisian Youth

Published the:  22/03/2011

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March 22, 2011 – TAP - Visiting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met, on Tuesday March 22, 2011 in Gammarth, Tunis, with a group of Tunisian youth.
Aspirations and expectations of the Tunisian youth after the Dignity and Freedom Revolution and ways to achieve them as part of active partnership with the U.N. Organization were the focal points of the meeting.
Five themes related to political action, economy, culture, education and civil society's role were developed during this meeting held behind closed doors.
Mr. Mehdi Ben Youssef, Chairman of the Tunisian International Model U.N. (TIMUN) association said in a statement to TAP news agency after the meeting that the debate helped convey voices of youth of the Tunisian Revolution to the United Nations and express their visions, their approaches and their expectations during the next stage, particularly at the political level.
Attending youth called on the UN to contribute efficiently to the good organization of legislative and presidential elections to be held in Tunisia.
Youth also hoped that the United Nations will help strengthen the role of civil society in devising development programs and boosting the process of reforms.
Amira Khedimi, student in medicine, said a set of proposals were submitted to the UN Secretary-General. They pertain, particularly, to the retrieval of archaeological pieces robbed during the period of dictatorship, boosting foreign investment and respecting environment.
The creation of a United Nations program for youth to be based in Tunisia was also submitted on the occasion.