Delegates: Ms. Eva Croon, Mr. Paul Klahre
19. Ms. Croon and Mr. Klahre (Germany), speaking as youth delegates in a pre-recorded video statement, said that young people had been particularly affected by the pandemic in the areas of education, mental health, work, security and human rights. States should take an anti-racist, youth-inclusive and intersectional feminist approach to mitigating structural inequalities and discrimination.
20. The United Nations must ensure the meaningful participation of young people in its efforts to establish peaceful societies. It was necessary to advance the youth and peace and security agenda by placing human security before State security, providing opportunities for young people to share their experiences of conflict and peace, and financing youth-led initiatives to promote social cohesion and protect young peace activists. Young peacebuilders should be given opportunities to channel their ambitions and ideas into policymaking, so that they could realize their full potential as agents of change.
21. Women could transform the world, but they needed to have the opportunity to make their vision a reality. It was necessary to actively redistribute power and end sexism; find global solutions for global problems; fully realize all human rights; work in cooperation for peaceful conflict settlement; adopt a humane approach to migration and forced displacement; find radical solutions to the climate crisis; and build trust in global institutions. It was regrettable that the Sustainable Development Goal indicators had not resulted in more ambitious national action.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/75/SR.4