Delegate: Ms. Dr. Tanu Priya
86. Ms. Priya (India), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the 1.8 billion youth of the world constituted a valuable asset and must be taken into consideration in a sustainable development agenda. Since over 400 million Indians were estimated to be in the age group of 10 24 years, their health and education were central to benefiting from their tremendous potential and realizing the demographic dividend. To that end, the Government had placed emphasis on the empowerment of youth through skill development and entrepreneurship programmes. A new ministry dedicated to such matters had been established, and it had launched several programmes to build capacities and improve the employability of the youth population by such means as increasing the availability of credit and harnessing the benefit of information and communications technology.
87. The international community must understand and respect diversity, and promote equal opportunities and the participation of all nations in the advancement of youth, who were at the heart of the sustainable development. The right to development was an inalienable human right.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.2