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Youth Empowerment

29 February 2012

This video was produced by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs in February 2012. It features U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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[MUSIC]
[TEXT: The World Ignores Youth at Its Peril]

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[Secretary Clinton:] Young people
are at the heart

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of today's great strategic
opportunities and challenges.

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From rebuilding the global
economy,

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to combating violent extremism,

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to building sustainable
democracy.

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[TEXT: Sustainable
Democracies]

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You belong to a remarkable
generation of young
people.

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[TEXT: Remarkable
Generation]

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There are now more than 3
billion people

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under the age of 30 in the
world.

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[TEXT: 3 Billion Under 30]

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The needs and concerns of young
people have been marginalized

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too long by political and
economic leaders.

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And the fact is today, the world
ignores youth at its peril.

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[TEXT: The World Ignores Youth
at Its Peril]

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From Latin America to the Middle
East to sub-Saharan Africa

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to Southeast Asia.

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The global story that is
happening requires

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innovative thinking and economic
entrepreneurship.

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[TEXT: Innovative Thinking]

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[TEXT: Economic Entrepreneurship]

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That is happening in lots of
places.

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We're forming youth councils at
our embassies and consulates
[TEXT: Youth Councils]

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[TEXT: Youth Councils]

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to have direct contact with
young people like yourselves.

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Because for every problem we
want to seek a solution.

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Now, the future is always
somewhat uncertain,

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but what is certain to me is
that it will be the young people

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who determine what the future
will be.

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[TEXT:
www.state.gov/youthandeducation]

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[TEXT:
www.facebook.com/democracychallenge]

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[TEXT: Produced by The U.S.
Department of State]