Norway – 1988

Delegate: Ms. Guro Fjellanger

  1. Ms. FJELLANGER (Norway) said that, for many years, her delegation had included
    two youth representatives and accordingly had a particular interest in agenda
    item 90. The most important task of those representatives was to share their
    knowledge and impressions of the work of the United Nations with young people in
    Norway and to inform them, through the media and their respective organisations,
    about the unique role which the United Nations played in world society. That the
    United Nations enjoyed such high standing in Norway was due partly to such direct
    contacts with it. The second task of the youth representatives in the delegation
    was to present the perspective of the young generation on the issues under
    consideration and to advocate a stronger youth involvement in nearly all areas of
    society. [*8*]
  2. Youth should be given an opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in
    political activities at the international level. Separate international
    conferences for youth could be useful but were not an alternative to direct
    participation in already established political structures. She therefore hoped
    that more countries from all regions would in the future include youth
    representatives in their delegations.
  3. If racism and racial discrimination were to be eradicated and solidarity and
    understanding among peoples promoted, it was important that youth should have the
    opportunity of international contacts and participation. Participation had been
    one of the main issues of the International Youth Year, which had involved youth
    more actively in a broad range of political questions. Political issues such as
    education, employment, health and housing affected youth in a particularly direct
    manner and she believed that youth should be more actively involved in solving such
    problems. That young people had the will and courage to transform their care and
    concern into action had been showed through such arrangements as Band Aid and Live Aid.
  4. Drug abuse and illicit trafficking represented a dangerous threat not only to
    the young generation but also to the sovereignty and security of States.
    Information and education were the most important tools to combat drug abuse and it
    was important that, at both the national and and international levels, youth should
    participate in the struggle to combat the demand for drugs. Information and
    education were also the most important tools to control and prevent the spread of
    AIDS, which was killing a large share of the population aged between 20 and
    40 years.
  5. The interrelated issues of environment and sustainable development, which had
    been highlighted by the World Commission on Environment and Development, had come to the top of the global political agenda and would have to be dealt with as a
    matter of urgency at all levels – national, regional and international – not least
    within the United Nations system. In its report “Our Common Future”, the World
    Commission had laid particular emphasis on the participation of youth in promoting
    the message of sustainable development. The report of the Secretary-General had
    also stressed the importance of the active participation of youth in following up
    that report. The majority of the population of the third world were young people
    and there could be no effective follow-up without their involvement. The emphasis
    placed by the World Commission on the need for a comprehensive and integrated
    approach to meeting environmental and developmental challenges was very much in
    line with the concepts and attitudes of young people.
  6. The main task of the United Nations was to stimulate, co-ordinate and provide
    policy guidance for environmental action throughout the world. One small step by
    way of example would be for the United Nations to eliminate from its cafeteria the
    packaging and drinking cups which were a threat to the ozone layer. A reduction of
    documentation would also help to conserve forests, as would the use of recycled
    paper. [*9*]
  7. The importance of education in the field of human rights must also be
    stressed; the young generation must be informed about the rights of individuals and
    the obligations of States under established human rights instruments.
  8. Disabled youth experienced special problems and were in a particularly
    disadvantageous position; much could be done to alleviate their problems, however.
    In implementing activities under the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons,
    special efforts should be made to secure the participation of the young people and
    the social integration of the young disabled from an early age.

UN Doc.: A/C.3/43/SR.16

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Cite as:
UN Doc.: A/C.3/43/SR.16, 21 October 1988, p. 7-9, Youth Delegate Search:

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