Delegate: Mr. Giorgi Tumasyan (22 years)
91. Mr. Tumasyan (Georgia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that his generation of young people was fully committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and that young people should be given equal opportunities and the tools necessary to do so. Education must be the highest priority, since [*13*] comprehensive and global solutions to borderless challenges would require investment in youth the best resource of the planet. Technological advancement could free human beings from work that could be done by machines, so that people could devote themselves to developing civilization. Technology was the key to using renewable energy to save the planet from the effects of climate change. Youth should be able to influence decisions related to their futures and use the Sustainable Development Goals as tools to ensure the accountability of Governments and the United Nations. Every country should have youth delegates to the United Nations so that the world would be a better place for everyone by 2030. New leaders were needed, and the youth of today would become those leaders of tomorrow.
92. The greatest challenge for Georgia in achieving the Goals was providing their benefits to the people most excluded from the 2030 Agenda, Georgian compatriots living in the regions of Georgia occupied by the Russian Federation. The youth of Georgia had great respect and love for their Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers and sisters, and cared about their social and economic development and the preservation of their respective traditions, cultures and languages. They also welcomed the efforts of the Government of Georgia towards reconciliation with those compatriots.
93. One day, next to the piece of the Berlin Wall that now rested at United Nations Headquarters, there would be a piece of the razor wire fence that Russia had built to divide the Georgian people. The youth of Georgia extended a hand of love, friendship and brotherhood to the youth of Abkhazia and Ossetia, and called for constructive dialogue, cooperation and communication that would lead to a shared peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.2
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.2, 2 October 2017, p. 12-13, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/georgia-2017/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-192659-0.