Delegate: Ms. Jahkini Bisselink
44. Ms. Bisselink (Netherlands), speaking as a youth delegate, said that she had experienced a feeling of exclusion in her country as a child of non-Western ethnicity. Many young people from marginalized and vulnerable groups had experienced the same feeling. Meanwhile, some native Dutch people were of the view that the Government cared more for refugees, and they too felt excluded, with no access to politics or policymaking. Almost all young Dutch people agreed that social polarization was among the root causes of violent extremism. Western States should take responsibility for the 2030 Agenda, as the Sustainable Development Goals, with themes such as inequality, youth, peace and security and education, were not applicable only to developing countries. Western States should take inequalities seriously in order not only to reach Goal 10, but also to effectively and sustainably prevent violent extremism. They should adopt ambitious plans and national policies connecting measures to combat inequalities with the youth and peace and security agenda, with a focus on creating equal opportunities for participation for all young people.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.2
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.2, 2 October 2018, p. 8, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/netherlands-2018/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-192224-0.