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Oranjestad, 26 November, 2012 - Addressing the opening plenary of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress in Taipei last week, World Chambers Federation (WCF) Chair Rona Yircali called on young people to take a leadership role in addressing the concerns of the global economy and act as pioneers in its transformation.

Underscoring that the voice of youth had been largely absent from global decision-making platforms and mechanisms to date Mr Yircali said: “The on-going economic crisis is a wakeup call for every economic actor in the world.”

Noting that 50% of the world’s population was aged under 27 and living in urban areas, Mr Yircali urged young entrepreneurs to assume their responsibilities to contribute effectively to shaping the new world order. “There is a clear need for young business people to step forward with specific ideas for consideration by G20 governments in these volatile times,” he said. “The youth of today is an invaluable resource for development and is critical to the transformation of the global social, economic and political landscape. The global community is becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must engage youth at all levels.”

ICC’s partnership with JCI at the global level extends almost 30 years. JCI is a permanent member of the WCF General Council, and a member of its Transnational Chamber Board.

JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs whose mission is to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop the entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to generate positive changes in their communities, their countries and the world. Its network comprises approximately 6,000 communities in more than 100 countries worldwide.