Delegate: Mr. Hernández
55. Mr. Hernández (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development was an appropriate time to reflect on progress and commitments made in the area of social development. The 2019–2024 development plan of Mexico had been designed to reduce inequality by making all Government programmes and policies consistent with the commitments made at the United Nations, especially with regard to the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.
56. Member States must accelerate efforts to promote equality and ensure that opportunities were not determined by factors such as gender, age, ethnic origin, migratory status, socioeconomic situation and disabilities. The dissemination of hate speech was particularly worrying, whether in democratic countries or under authoritarian regimes, as it led to the stigmatization of groups or individuals, disruption of the social fabric and the incitement of violence. Mexico considered that diversity and multiculturality enriched society and was determined to eradicate inequality by promoting the well-being of its citizens and ensuring that they could exercise their rights rather than merely being beneficiaries of programmes.
57. Ultimately, social development should be treated in a holistic manner by the United Nations since it was central to sustainable development. Although it had not been possible to reform the Commission for Social Development, it was imperative to overcome the inertia of the past, which was hindering progress towards the 2030 Agenda. The reform of the Economic and Social Council would be a unique opportunity to achieve progress in that regard.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.2