Delegate: Lotta Backlund
7. Ms. Backlund (Finland), speaking as the youth representative of Finland, said that a record number of youth delegates had participated in the General Assembly’s 2005 review of the World Programme of Action for Youth. Although that Programme was not on the agenda of the current session, it should not be forgotten that young people accounted for half the world’s population and that they were ready to assume responsibility for their own future. They should be given opportunities to do so by being treated as equal partners. To that end, she urged the inclusion of more youth delegates in Member States’ delegations.
8. She emphasized the crucial importance of the education of girls and young women for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Education gave young people the key to social advancement and control over their own lives and was essential for economic growth. She urged the United Nations to place the creation of jobs and educational opportunities for young people much higher on its list of priorities.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/61/SR.3