Delegate: Ms. Lika Torikashvili
53. Ms. Torikashvili (Georgia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Earth was the only planet that humans could call home and it was their responsibility to take care of it using the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Anyone who wished to make a positive impact on the world must start immediately, without hesitation. She, along with other Georgians, had established a youth organization, called Paint the World, that provided psychological support to people in crisis through art therapy projects in hospitals, orphanages, hospices, elderly shelters and centres for persons with disabilities. The movement had spread internationally and demonstrated that, by pooling resources and following their dreams, people could make a positive difference. As a global citizen who had travelled widely, she had witnessed poverty, crime, racism, child abuse and most of all, hopelessness. She realized that human beings were doing something wrong.
54. Love for one’s country required a willingness to speak out for what was right and to shake up the status quo. Governments must be held responsible for their actions. Globally, education should be treated as the top priority and youth policies should be implemented with a view to reshaping educational systems. Education must be transformed to enable children to pursue their true passion and use their education to bring about change, innovation and progress. Leaders that lacked the right intentions abused their power outrageously. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals called for a generation of bold people who would be kind to one another, solve all international and regional conflicts and build a civilization that would live in harmony and lasting peace.
55. The Youth Movement for Reconciliation, established under the mandate of her country’s youth delegate to the United Nations, supported Government efforts for reconciliation with their Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers and sisters. Human beings needed to unite to paint the world with the bright colours of unity and peace.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.3