Delegates: Ms. Radina Koleva, Ms. Ani Koleva (21 years)
39. Ms. Radina Koleva (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that in a survey conducted among young people in Bulgaria, 80 per cent had identified youth unemployment as their greatest concern. She called upon Governments to join efforts in order to significantly decrease the rate of youth unemployment worldwide and urged them to encourage young people to seek internships and other means of gaining professional experience prior to graduation, as well as to take an active role in creating such opportunities.
40. Ms. Ani Koleva (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Bulgaria was strongly committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and followed a human-rights-based approach in all its policies and programmes. There was much more to be done to implement fully the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As post-2015 agenda discussions progressed, she stressed the importance of mainstreaming disability issues as an integral part of relevant strategies for sustainable development.
41. Investment in education and extracurricular activities could be the answer to combating inequality and non-formal training could serve as a bridge between the labour market and the formal education system. Better social inclusion could be achieved if both national and international policies were aimed at the elimination of the root causes of social inequality. As young people were an important resource and had proven to be key partners in the development of strategic policies, investing in capacity-building was one of the best decisions for the future of the young generation. Noting the chance for young people to reshape the world by designing the post-2015 development agenda, she called for an inclusive agenda based on human rights.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/69/SR.3