Delegate: Ms. Midtgarden
23. Ms. Midtgarden (Norway), speaking as a youth delegate, said that countries should take advantage of the enormous potential represented by young people. Currently, participation was often granted only at a superficial level, where young people’s contributions did not affect structural policy decisions. However, while young people had proved that they were able to make substantive contributions to development, full realization of the potential of youth required support from national Governments and the international community. Investing in the education and empowerment of young people was one of the safest long-term investments.
24. Young people had a right to be involved in decision-making as peers, and all Member States should act upon their promises by continuing to implement and respect the World Programme of Action for Youth, enabling children and adolescents to educate and empower themselves as key stakeholders in both the planning and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.3