Delegates: Ms. Fiona Dinollari, Mr. Henri Fero
86. Ms. Dinollari (Albania), speaking as a youth delegate in a pre-recorded video statement, said that 63 per cent of the responses to the UN75 survey originating from her country were from young people, which was a clear indication that Albanian youth were determined to have their voices heard, actively contribute to the international dialogue and assist in finding solutions. Youth were demanding a reinvigorated multilateralism that was open and inclusive to all actors, including young people. The United Nations should upgrade the UN75 initiative into a permanent process and engage youth in its follow-up actions.
87. Mr. Fero (Albania), speaking as a youth delegate in a pre-recorded video statement, said that COVID-19 had shaken the world and was hampering the progress made towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. As an underrepresented group, youth were disproportionately affected by the social and economic upheavals that had altered their employment, health and education opportunities. It was therefore important to take advantage of the momentum created by the mobilization around COVID-19 to renew collective efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In their recovery plans, all States should place human rights at the core, mainstream youth perspectives, properly address the issues of mental health and climate change, and reduce inequalities of all kinds, particularly those linked to gender and wealth. It was also necessary to establish a modern and adaptable education system to facilitate an organic transition to the labour market. Reinforced global solidarity and more financing for development, in particular for quality education and health care, would be needed to achieve those goals.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/75/SR.4
UN Doc.: A/C.3/75/SR.4, 7 October 2020, p. 12, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/albania-2020/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-191100-0.