Delegate: Mr. Aliyev
31. Mr. Aliyev (Azerbaijan), speaking as a youth delegate, called on all leaders — heads of State and international bodies, business leaders, youth leaders and civil society leaders — to renew their commitment to protecting children against all forms of violence, abuse and neglect. In particular, it was necessary to enact explicit legal prohibitions for every form in every context. Emerging technologies such as the Internet posed new threats to children and created new responsibilities: for States, the responsibility to enact new laws; for civil society, the responsibility to educate the public; for the companies marketing new technologies, the responsibility to incorporate abuse- prevention mechanisms; for parents and all those who touched the lives of children, the responsibility to be able to recognize early signs of abuse and for, children, the responsibility to protect other children, especially younger children.
32. The world’s young people had an essential role to play in attaining the Millennium Development Goals and should be treated as equals, with equity and tolerance. Education was pivotal, because it could break poverty, lessen violence and empower women. Moreover, in an information society, literacy had become a basic need.
33. Because of Azerbaijan’s youthful population, it policies and programmes considered the interests of the young. However, it was difficult to help Azerbaijan’s many child refugees and internally displaced children. During twenty years of conflict, it had not been possible to educate all of the children living in camps, [*6*] who had moreover suffered stress and psychological trauma. He hoped that the conflict could be resolved soon, so that those children’s children could enjoy a better future.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.18