Delegate: Ms. Mariegaard
33. Ms. Mariegaard (Denmark), speaking as a youth representative, said that sustainable development required the active involvement of young people in decision-making and in the design and implementation of programmes. Many youth organizations were ready to contribute their experiences and ideas through pilot projects in cooperation with Governments and international development agencies.
34. In order to involve young people in development, their rights must be guaranteed, including the right to make their own choices regarding education and employment and to determine freely when to have children. Currently, however, only a few young people enjoyed substantial freedom in making choices crucial to their lives.
35. More knowledge was needed about youth, their perceptions and their hopes for the future. Such knowledge was also necessary if Governments and international [*5*] organizations were to further the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond.
36. Her Government and the Danish Youth Council therefore encouraged UNDP to give special attention to youth in its annual Human Development Report and to consider making youth the theme of a future human development report, for instance, in 2001, when the conference to follow up the World Summit for Children would be held.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/54/SR.3