Delegates: Ms. Sauku, Mr. Kolici
115. Ms. Sauku (Albania), speaking as a youth delegate in a pre-recorded video statement, said that the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to turn the greatest reversal in human development into a historic leap forward. Member States should ensure that they involved youth, a group that had been disproportionately affected by the pandemic in terms of health, education and employment opportunities, in constructive consultations on recovery policies. Albania called on members of the Security Council to bring new momentum to the youth, peace and security agenda and incorporate that perspective into all its priority areas.
116. Mr. Kolici (Albania), speaking as a youth delegate in a pre-recorded video statement, said that Tirana would serve as the European Youth Capital for 2022, hosting hundreds of activities and cultural exchanges between young Albanians and youth from all over Europe. That programme should be used as a tool even beyond the initial 12-month period to enhance the opportunities of young people living in small towns and rural areas and of minorities. The empowerment of youth and their inclusion in decision-making processes was critical for moving towards a more sustainable and peaceful planet.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/76/SR.4