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Birmingham-based Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, after being awarded the accolade yesterday.

Guterres, at a ceremony at United Nations headquarters in NY on Monday, praised Malala for her contributions to girls'"education even in the most hard places".

Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace and the first one to be designated by Secretary-General Guterres since he assumed office in January this year. At the occasion, she once again appealed for equal education opportunities for girls.

In her acceptance speech, Malala stressed that "education is a right of every child and especially for girls", and that that "right should not be neglected".

Yousafzai became an advocate for girls' education when she was 11 years old and living under Taliban rule in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She is also one of Pakistan's only two Nobel Prize laureates and the youngest-ever person to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

She was designated the role at a ceremony in NY on Monday. She now lives in the United Kingdom and attends school in Birmingham, while leading a fearless campaign to give all children access to education. If you do not stand up, change will not come. Malala Yousafzai spoke in the morning at Church World Service Lancaster's annual Community Appreciation Breakfast.

According to the Daily Pakistan reports "the ceremony will be followed by a conversation between Guterres, Yousafzai and other youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls' education".

Welcoming Malala Yousafzai at a reception hosted by Pakistan's Mission to the United Nations in her honour, she said just like Malala did, the people would always reject those who challenge the vision of Pakistan set out by founding fathers: of a modern, tolerant and progressive Muslim country.

Malala Yousafzai, 19, will be in Ottawa on Wednesday to address Parliament.

With the designation, Yousafzai joins other current Messengers of Peace including Oscar-winning actor Leonardo di Caprio for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women and actor Michael Douglas whose focus is disarmament.

She stressed that "Muslims need to unite and stand really strongly against terrorists and say that "they are not us, we don't believe in anything that they are doing".

Malala Yousafzai: At university level, or as you call it "college" in America, I want to study PPE which is Philosophy, Politics and Economics. "You're still going to live in a situation of terrorism for your whole life".

She now lives in the city with her family.

"I'm a Muslim and I'm proud to be a Muslim..."


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