Delegate: Mr. Lauritzen
63. Mr. Lauritzen (Denmark), speaking as the youth representative of Denmark, said that the collective progress of Member States towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals did not match their responsibilities and promises. To take the Goals forward, new tools and new ideas were needed, and for that reason youth had an essential part to play in the process. The Goals were the beginning, not the end, of global action: they had been created to serve future generations and were especially important to young people, who would be the leaders of tomorrow’s world. Young people today were truly global citizens and had the energy and enthusiasm needed to make the world a better place; they wanted to assume the responsibilities that came with the opportunities offered by globalization. In Denmark, youth organizations across the political spectrum had, with the support of the Government and Parliament, set aside their ideological differences in order to sign together a Millennium Development Goals proposal, which could serve as a model for all Member States. He called on nations to work for, with and through young people in pursuing the Goals, combating poverty and disease and securing development and prosperity around the world.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/62/SR.3