TRANSCRIPT: Malala’s Speech at UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
25 September, 2015
Bismillah hir Rahman ir Rahim
In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful.
Before I start, may I ask for some quiet – please pay attention to what youth is asking here.
Dear sisters and brothers, world leaders, please look up, because the future generation is raising their voice.
Today, we are 193 young people representing billions more. Each lantern we hold represents the hope we feel for our future because of the commitments you have made to the Global Goals.
In my life, I have experienced terrorism, displacement and denial from education. And these are the tragedies that millions of children are still suffering.
That shocking and heart-breaking photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead on a sea shore. The parents of the girls abducted by Boko Haram, with tears flooding from their eyes. And little children on the Syrian border with no home, no hope, force us to ask: how many more will we see killed, being rejected, neglected, being homeless? How many more?
The world needs a change. It cannot change itself. It is me, it is you, it is all of us who have to bring that change.
Dear world leaders, dear brothers and sisters,
Education is not a privilege. Education is a right. Education is peace.
Promise peace to all children, in Pakistan, in India, in Syria and in every corner of the world. Promise peace and prosperity.
Promise an education to my brave sister Salam and all refugee children, that wars cannot stop them from learning.
Promise my sister Amina that our sisters abducted by Boko Haram will be brought back and that all girls will be able to study in safety.
Promise us that you will keep your commitments and invest in our future. Promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.
This is the real investment the world needs and what world leaders must do.
I am hopeful that we all, and the United Nations will be united in the goal of education and peace. And that we will make this world not just a better place but the best place to live.
Education is hope. Education is peace.
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“The people of our United Nations are not as different as they are told. They can be made to fear, they can be taught to hate, but they can also respond to hope. History is littered with the failure of false prophets and fallen empires who believed that might always makes right, and that will continue to be the case. You can count on that. But we are called upon to offer a different type of leadership—leadership strong enough to recognize that nations share common interests and people share a common humanity, and, yes, there are certain ideas and principles that are universal. That’s what those who shaped the United Nations 70 years ago understood. Let us carry forward that faith into the future, for it is the only way we can assure that future will be brighter for my children, and for yours.” —President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Malala brings the voices of youth to world leaders and encourages action: “The world needs a change. It cannot change itself. It is me, it is you, it is all of us who have to bring that change.” Read Malala’s full speech here: http://bit.ly/1WniB5j
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