Delegates: Ms. Ioana Covei, Mr. Vlad Măcelaru (24 years)
46. Ms. Covei and Mr. Măcelaru (Romania), speaking as youth delegates, said that for young people to effect meaningful change, they must be empowered. Countries should educate young people to speak their minds and then listen to them. Young Romanians wanted to be taken seriously by those in power.
47. Young people also wanted an education focused on critical thinking and skills acquisition that would prepare them for the job market. Outdated, information retention based education systems were one cause of youth unemployment, which led to youth apathy and disenfranchisement. Furthermore, poor children generally did not receive the extra help they needed to succeed in school and escape poverty.
48. Young members of vulnerable groups such as girls, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, ethnic minorities and disabled people should be made aware of their rights, so that they could overcome discrimination and exercise decisional autonomy
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.3
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.3, 3 October 2017, p. 8, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/romania-2017/.