Delegate: Mr. Sparks
65. Mr. Sparks (Hungary), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Goal 3 was the most important of the Sustainable Development Goals, since health and well-being were prerequisites for all other aspects of life. Primary prevention, which focused on preventing disease before it occurred, was always more beneficial than secondary or tertiary prevention, which reduced or slowed the impact of disease after it had already [*10*] occurred. In that vein and in line with Goal 4, educating young children to become more health-conscious could reduce the consumption of cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and unhealthy food and lead to a lower incidence of chronic diseases, a healthier society and the diversion of health- related expenditure to other Goals. The current extent of global warming and high levels of pollution meant that the state of the planet had already reached the secondary prevention stage. It might still be possible to save the planet, but not much time was available. The role of education was crucial.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.2