Delegate: Ms. Julene Landáburu (21 years)
3. Ms. Landáburu (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that her country took a multidimensional approach to the eradication of poverty, which included sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. It remained committed to sharing lessons learned and good practices in the collection and generation of statistical data. Poverty was not due solely to a lack of income, and its eradication would require the social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups such as migrants, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. Recognizing the critical role of young people, Mexico had instituted various programmes aimed at promoting youth inclusion, employment and volunteerism, creating educational opportunities and preventing adolescent pregnancies. The family was indeed the basic unit of society, but demographic changes, migration and other factors were resulting in many types of family structure. Within the family, it was important to promote greater gender equality, acknowledge the value of unpaid work and encourage men’s participation in family activities.
4. In view of demographic trends, Mexico reiterated its appeal to the entities of the United Nations system to mainstream ageing-related issues in their development programmes. It also urged the United Nations to reform the working methods of the Commission for Social Development so that it might contribute more effectively to implementing the new development agenda. In closing, she invited the other youth delegates to meet with her to brainstorm creative proposals for attaining social development goals.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/70/SR.2