Delegate: Mr. Tornike Zurabashvili (23 years)
46. Mr. Zurabashvili (Georgia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that he applauded the multiplication of youth-run or youth-specific organizations, youth ministries and agencies and youth policies around the world, as well as the recent efforts to address youth issues and provide youth representation within the United Nations system. Nevertheless, young people continued to lack sufficient access to media, funding and employment, as well as institutionalized mechanisms of engagement with their Governments and international organizations, including the United Nations. Summarizing the concerns related to him by other young people in Georgia, he said that, despite the priority given to education, youth in some rural areas still lacked access to quality education. There were few opportunities for youth employment in the field of technology, and further national efforts were needed to advance the rights of disabled youth. In addition, young people faced major injustices on a daily basis in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia owing to the foreign military occupation there.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/68/SR.4