17. Mr. Gonzalez (Mexico), representing Mexican youth, welcomed the Secretary-General’s report on implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (A/64/61-E/2009/3), and said Mexico had played an active part in the expert group meeting on youth issues organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in May 2008, which dealt with the objectives and targets in the annex to the Secretary-General’s report. Mexico had also participated in the youth representatives programme for the last five years.
18. He said youth should be considered as active agents of social change and that if lasting progress were to be made towards development, and in particular toward achieving the MDGs, greater account would have to be taken of young people, without overlooking other priority sectors of society. Beyond the domestic initiatives it had taken, the Mexican Government had decided to invite all Member States, representatives of civil society and young people from around the world to take part in an international conference on youth, to be held in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August 2010. The objectives of that conference would be to set priorities and policies for youth and development, to promote creation of a special follow-up mechanism for youth questions within the United Nations, to foster dialogue between civil society organizations and Governments, and to share experiences, analyses, strategies and good practices.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/64/SR.3