Delegates: Ms. Oeljana Radelicki (26 years), Mr. Jonathan Moscovic (22 years)
68. Ms. Radelicki (Belgium), speaking as a youth delegate, said that, despite the seemingly constant stream of global crises, young persons were eager to take part in building a sustainable and just future. She drew attention to the fact that more than one out of every seven people on earth did not have access to potable water. Poverty and lack of access to water were mutually reinforcing. The international community needed to take action to break that vicious circle and should treat access to potable water as a prerequisite for achievement of the MDGs.
69. Mr. Moscovic (Belgium), speaking as a youth delegate, said that it was unacceptable that, in the twenty-first century, 4000 children died each day owing to lack of potable water. He called on the United Nations to ensure exercise of the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation, which had been recognized under General Assembly 64/292 as a human right that was essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/67/SR.4
UN Doc.: A/C.3/67/SR.4, 24 December 2012, p. 9, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/belgium-2012/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-193700-0.