Delegate: Mr. Jeppe Nybo Jørgensen (24 years)
33. Mr. Jørgensen (Denmark), speaking in his capacity as the representative of the Danish Youth Council, said that the prudent decision to postpone the special session on children in view of recent events should not lead to an indefinite postponement, since children’s rights were of great importance.
34. Since millions of children lived in extreme poverty, Member States must fulfil their responsibilities with a view to ensuring that official development assistance, at the very least, reached established United Nations targets. In order to mobilize youth properly as a necessary development resource, more knowledge on their involvement and impact was needed. His Government and the Danish Youth Council therefore encouraged the United Nations Development Programme to give special attention to youth in its annual Human Development Report, for example, by fleshing out general statistics and documentation with specific information on young people from 15 to 24 years of age. The Danish Youth Council also proposed that consideration should be given to devoting a future Human Development Report to youth.
35. Since young people risked being infected with AIDS or HIV for lack of the necessary information or proper reproductive health services, governments should include information on sexual and reproductive health in the curricula of all educational institutions in order to help young people understand their own sexuality and take responsible decisions.
36. Many young people the world over would never have an opportunity to influence decisions that directly affected them. Referring to the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, he said that the Danish Youth Council urged Member States to ensure that their delegations to the General Assembly included more youth representatives of both sexes.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/56/SR.4