Delegate: Ms. Clara Halvorsen (25 years)
17. Ms. Halvorsen (Denmark), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the Sustainable Development Goals could be viewed as a contract between generations, reflecting the world that young people should see in [*5*] 2030. Young people must therefore be active participants in the development process. In Denmark, the national strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action prioritized youth. The number of youth delegates had been increased, a global youth advisor position had been created in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the grant to the Danish youth council had been increased.
18. States must incorporate youth issues across existing development agendas rather than employ a silo approach. To that end, the Danish youth council could serve as an example. Through the council, Danish youth organizations undertook development cooperation initiatives to create partnerships with international youth organizations in order to design, implement and evaluate development projects. For example, Danish medical students were working with their peers in Uganda to promote awareness on non-communicable diseases; Danish scouts were working in Tunisia to strengthen democracy; and a Danish political youth group was partnering with a non-governmental youth organization in Zimbabwe to promote peace. Those types of partnerships created strong and responsible young people. Rather than being seen as the problem, young people must be consulted and involved in development so that they could be part of the solution.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.4
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.4, 3 October 2017, p. 4-5, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/denmark-2017/.