Delegates: Ms. Filipiova, Ms. Kvasničkova
67. Ms. Filipiova (Czechia) and Ms. Kvasničkova (Czechia), speaking as youth delegates, said that 2019 had stood out as a year of significant civic engagement by young people; gatherings in the Czech Republic had conjured up memories of the mainly youth-led initiative of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. To enhance youth involvement at all levels, intergenerational dialogue must become the norm, stimulated by innovative, interactive and inclusive education. Given that 50 per cent of Czech students claimed that their education was incompatible with work and their everyday life, efforts should be made to improve skills such as critical thinking, fact-checking and working with information, in order to foster better decision-making and help young people to cope with the rapidly increasing flow of information. Special efforts were needed to enhance Internet and climate literacy, as society was being polarized by the lack of clear information on climate change – the one issue that threatened everyone’s human rights. The climate dialogue must shift from accusations to mutual trust in human rights protection and solidarity for people affected by climate instability. Young people could devise effective solutions, but Member States must first grant them more opportunities to participate.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.2
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.2, 1 October 2019, p. 10, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/czech-republic-2019/.