Delegate: Mr. Shala
13. Mr. Shala (Albania), speaking as a youth delegate, said that successful implementation of the United Nations Youth Strategy hinged on effective collaboration between United Nations entities and young people, and he therefore called for the establishment of youth engagement platforms within each relevant United Nations body. Given the central role of education in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Governments must do more to end the inequality in educational opportunities for young men and women, and to promote education for sustainable development. Greater efforts were also needed to increase employment opportunities for young people and reduce the gender pay gap. Policies that encouraged entrepreneurship and job creation would be key to avoiding the brain drain, a phenomenon that afflicted developing countries like Albania.
14. Young people tended to be relegated to the role of victims of conflict, but they had potential to play a major role in conflict resolution and peacekeeping. In that connection, he commended the adoption of Security Council resolution 2250 (2015). The creation of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans represented a concrete step towards reconciliation and the promotion of regional cooperation among young people. He therefore appreciated the $2.1 million worth of support provided to the Office by the United Nations, and he called for further support. In a divided world, young people stood for collective action: the youth climate action marches represented a historic shift in approach to urgent global challenges.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.4