Delegate: Mr. Giorgi Tshekhan (24 years)
20. Mr. Tshekhani (Georgia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that, although international instruments advocated youth inclusion in decision-making processes, implementation had been too slow. Youth participation had been mentioned in only 8 of the 41 action plans submitted to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Review of National Action Plans on Youth Employment. Young people themselves were the best guide to the problems facing them and should be included to promote responsible citizenship and encourage them to become leaders in future.
21. Despite efforts to tackle violence against women and girls, 70 per cent of women had experienced violence and half of sexual assaults were on girls under 16. In some countries, men’s rights were thought to prevail over women’s. Education was an effective tool against gender stereotypes, which were caused mainly by a lack of information. Member States should therefore develop gender-balanced educational practices which promoted equality.
22. Georgia had 500,000 internally displaced persons, and peace and security was thus an important issue. War was a major obstacle to development, and children and young people were among the most vulnerable, since they lost access to education, adequate housing and health care and experienced lifelong psychological trauma. He, therefore, urged the international community to unite for peace.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/67/SR.4