Delegate: Ms. Ágnes Szuda
94. Ms. Szuda (Hungary), speaking as a youth delegate, said that over the past few months she had toured her country to promote the values and work of the United Nations and consulted with young people about topics of importance to them. The meetings had proved that young people had tremendous potential to serve as catalysts for positive change. In order to fulfil such potential, however, they needed to be empowered. High-quality education, inclusion in the labour market and participatory decision-making were key in that regard.
95. Young persons with disabilities faced barriers in access to secondary and higher education and employment. Many young girls and women still faced significant obstacles to reaching leadership positions. Discrimination on the basis of gender or ethnic, religious or socioeconomic background persisted, and no country had achieved full gender equality or ended discrimination in all its forms. All human beings must be provided with the means necessary for their full participation in society from the earliest age possible. Member States should help young people to fulfil their potential by adopting inclusive policies and following inclusive practices.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.2