May 22, 2024

First Lady Jill Biden Calls on Youth to Shape a Better World at G7 Summit Spousal Program’s Symposium

First Lady Jill Biden participates in a roundtable event on military spouse economic opportunity, Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Soldier and Family Resource Center at Fort Drum, New York. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
First Lady Jill Biden participates in a roundtable event on military spouse economic opportunity, Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Soldier and Family Resource Center at Fort Drum, New York. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

In remarks delivered at the G7 Summit Spousal Program’s Next Generations’ Symposium, First Lady Jill Biden urged youth to take an active role in shaping a better world. Speaking just steps away from a monument that commemorates the devastation of World War II, the First Lady emphasized the importance of learning from history and making choices that promote peace, democracy, and innovation.

Addressing the audience, which included young people from various countries, Mrs. Biden expressed gratitude to Mrs. Kishida, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, for her kindness and the growing friendship between their nations. She acknowledged the youth as not only the future but also the present, highlighting the significant impact they can have in an interconnected world.

“As the distances between us grow smaller, what you do today can resonate throughout the world,” Mrs. Biden stated. “You are the builders of democracy. You are the dreamers of a better world. You are the keepers of peace.”

Drawing inspiration from the young people of the United States, the First Lady commended their efforts in leading movements for change, particularly in addressing climate justice and working towards a sustainable future. She emphasized that change is possible and encouraged the youth to use their voices and pursue their dreams.

“The future is not a far-away finish line. We are building it every day,” Mrs. Biden remarked. “Raise your voice. Hold on to your dreams. And let’s create a better, freer, more peaceful world.”

The symposium, part of the G7 Summit Spousal Program, aimed to provide a platform for youth to engage in discussions and share their perspectives on global issues. Mrs. Biden’s message resonated with the attendees, highlighting the role of young people in shaping a brighter future.

The First Lady concluded her remarks by extending her blessings to all and expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to address the symposium. Her call to action serves as a reminder that the power to create change lies within the next generation, and their contributions can have a lasting impact on the world.

The G7 Summit, held in Hiroshima, brings together leaders from the world’s major advanced economies to discuss pressing global issues and collaborate on finding solutions. The inclusion of the Next Generations’ Symposium reflects the recognition of the importance of youth perspectives and involvement in shaping policies and actions that address the challenges of our time.

As the summit continues, the voices of young people are expected to serve as a reminder that the choices made today will shape the world they inherit tomorrow. The First Lady hopes her words inspire and empower the youth to take an active role in building a better, freer, and more peaceful world for all.

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