Cuba celebrates World Youth Day today with a message of peace and the certainty that a better world is possible.
Member of the National Bureau of the Young Communist League (UJC), Osnay Miguel Colina, said that this will be a day of joy, reflection and assertion.
He said it will be also a day to fight inequality, unemployment and secure the future of new generations.
During a press conference, he noted that 10 million young people worldwide have AIDS, 80 million fail to get enough income to live on and 100 million cannot start school.
He said Cuban youth constitutes 20 percent of the Cuban population and is broadly protected and involved in State decision-making in the country, which allocates over 50 percent of the expenses to free health and education.
The youth is the guarantee of the future, but in a world overwhelmed by economic crisis, violence and exclusion hit the new generations mercilessly, said the UJC leader.
Cuba Defends Youth Rights Worldwide
Cuban student organizations raised their voices in defense of the right of the world youths to social protection and to access decision-taking processes in their countries.
In the context of International Youth Day, next August 12, Cuban youth leaders gave a press conference to announce that the new generations of Cubans will mark the date with activities in defense of the youths’ rights and against pressing problems such as unemployment and inequalities.
The member of the Political Bureau of Cuba’s Young Communist League, Osnay Miguel Colina recalled that some 10 million youths suffer from HIV-Aids in the world; 80 millions do not have an income to survive, and another 100 million do not have access to education, PL news reported.
In contrast, Colina said, the Cuban youths, who represent 20 percent of the country’s population, have full protection and participate in the decision-taking process of the Cuban state, which dedicates over 50 percent of the national budget to healthcare and education.
The president of the University Student Federation Carlos Rangel Irola said the international day will also be an occasion to denounce policies that keep youths without access to free and high-quality education in other countries.
On August 12, the Young Communist League, student and youth organizations will organize a wide array of activities, including a panel on the situation of Latin American youths, music concerts, sports marathons and fairs, plus other recreational actions.
The UN General Assembly established August 12 as International Youth Day, in 1999.