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New York, 8 Feb 12

UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos, accompanied by senior Norwegian and United States officials, on Tuesday presented a new youth initiative to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Dr. Clos was accompanied by Mr. Arvinn Eikeland Gadgil, the Junior Minister who serves as Political Advisor to the Minister for Environment and International Cooperation, and Mr. Ronan S. Farrow, Director of the State Department's Global Youth Issues Office.

Giving young people the economic opportunities and political rights they are clamouring for isn't just right - it's essential for all of our security and prosperity,” said Mr. Farrow. “That's why the United States has taken a hard look at whether its programmes and policies are doing all they can to work for, and with, youth. And it's why we are so encouraged that the United Nations is doing the same.

In a related development, UN-Habitat was elected as the co-chair of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development. Tuesday's meeting comes as UN-Habitat is planning a major youth meeting with other agencies, governments and partners at its Nairobi headquarters 15-18 March.

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