Delegates: Ms. Alexandra Mircheva (22 years), Ms. Iva Tsolova
8. Ms. Mircheva (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that her generation’s tremendous potential could be tapped by ensuring equal youth participation at all levels of decision-making. According to a survey conducted by the Bulgarian youth delegates, young people in her country saw a clear correlation between low levels of youth participation and the lack of quality education and jobs. They considered quality education essential for meaningful participation in social and economic life and increasingly appreciated the advantages of non-formal education. She called on Governments to [*3*] recognize non-formal education, to develop systems for validating it and to ensure support and funding for its main providers, particularly youth-led and youth organizations.
9. Ms. Tsolova (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that vulnerable and marginalized young people were the most likely to be unemployed. As a social entrepreneur working with persons with disabilities, she saw social entrepreneurship as a potential major force for the inclusion of disabled people in the labour market and society as a whole. She called on the international community to promote and support social entrepreneurship among young people, who had the best solutions for issues affecting them directly. Young people could and should be drivers of change at the local, national and global levels.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/71/SR.2
UN Doc.: A/C.3/71/SR.2, 4 October 2016, p. 2-3, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/bulgaria-2016/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-193112-0.