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09 / 08 / 2004
The World Youth Festival is a clear example of diversity

With the inauguration of the World Youth Festival, Fabián Mohedano, president of the Youth Council of Barcelona, pointed out that Festival attendees are not only representatives of their countries but also of the diversity of the world's youths. Joan Clos, president of Forum Barcelona 2004 and mayor of Barcelona thanked the presence of the Festival's attendees and pointed our that money is not enough for the growth of the world, we also need human and political capital. Giacomo Filibeck, president of the European Youth Forum, María Elena Enríquez, director of UNESCO´s Youth Department, and Ernest Benach, president of the Catalonia Parliament, also intervened in the inaugural act.

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In the inaugural speech of the World Youth Festival Barcelona 2004, Fabián Mohedano, president of the Youth Council of Barcelona assured us that "the variety of countries and languages present at the Festival are a clear example of diversity and also of the diversity of abilities, ideologies, sexual orientations, beliefs, and life options, and this extraordinary richness should serve as a stimulus to coexist and learn about one another.

Alicia Fernández, president of the National Youth Council of Barcelona pointed out that "we are meeting with the will to build the world and we will do so through young people's eyes." According to her words, "the youth associations are a school of participation where people learn to be co-responsible for projects, to work as a team, and to help to reinforce democracy."

Likewise, she stated, "Citizens who complain live in the present and not in the future. We want to think about the world we will live in and decide about it now, for this we ask for spaces and opportunities to make decisions in our neighborhoods, our cities, and our countries while we are young. Young people want immediate access to citizen planning, we will not wait until tomorrow."

In the name of the European Youth Forum, its president, Giacomo Filibeck, expressed that "the Festival's debates will not mean anything if we do not take into account that thousands of youths are here for the same reason, and we want to share a better world for them and with them."

Later, María Elena Enriquez, director of the Youth Department of Barcelona, assured us that in the institution that she represents, "we are convinced that we have to meet with the youths who are here." She also added that, in this year's World Youth Festival, UNESCO will work to "find ways to fight against violence and create alternative practices to prevent it."

Joan Clos, president of Forum Barcelona 2004 and mayor of Barcelona thanked all the Festival attendees and pointed out that "money is not enough to make the world grow, although it is necessary, we also need human and political capital to reinforce the representation of society."

Ernest Benach, president of the Parliament of Catalonia reiterated that this is a festival of opportunities because it gives the opportunity to create links of collaboration between the youth organizations, it gives the opportunity to dream of a world of equality, of opportunities for everyone, and for people around the world to learn about Barcelona. He concluded by saying that "if there is one hope in the world, it is all of you."

The World Youth Festival Barcelona 2004 that was inaugurated this afternoon will be held at the Forum until August 14.