Delegate: Mr. Muradov
14. Mr. Muradov (Azerbaijan) speaking as the youth representative of Azerbaijan, said that young people represented a major force in global, social and economic development. Governments should therefore find more effective ways of involving them in the development of their countries and treating them as equal partners in the process of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Goals, which were interconnected, could be achieved by 2015 if Governments and civil society showed the political will to do so.
15. The year 2007 had been proclaimed Youth Year in Azerbaijan. Policies and programmes targeting young people remained at the core of the country’s social development policy, with the emphasis on youth employment, support for young families and social integration programmes for vulnerable groups, such as young people with disabilities. It was gratifying to be [*4*] able to report that, as a leading member of the Youth Employment Network, Azerbaijan would host the Fourth Youth Employment Summit in 2008. A 2002 law on youth policy had recently been amended in order to improve social and economic opportunities for young people. A youth fund was to be established and youth houses set up to provide special services to young people nationwide. Favourable bank credits and loans would be issued to young families. The Government had also adopted a State programme on education abroad, under which some 5,000 young people would be able to study for new professions, such as computer engineering, in developed countries. The programme would be sponsored by the Azerbaijan Oil Fund.
16. Azerbaijan continued to face challenges as a result of the conflict with Armenia. Measures were being taken to help young people who had suffered from displacement, economic and social insecurity and psychological trauma. He paid a tribute to ILO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the TakingITGlobal network, which provided valuable assistance to youth initiatives in Azerbaijan. Lastly, he expressed the hope that more young people would be able to participate in future sessions of the General Assembly and become real partners of Governments in meeting the challenges ahead.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/62/SR.4