Delegates: Ms. Pham Hoang, Mr. Blidaru
59. Ms. Pham Hoang (Romania) and Mr. Blidaru (Romania), youth delegates, said that insufficient progress had been made in the education sector despite repeated appeals for improvement by youth delegates at the United Nations. Since the Sustainable Development Goals were not merely ambitious aims for young people but the backdrop to their future lives, their active engagement in sustainable development efforts was essential. The United Nations should regularly assess implementation of the Goals, help countries to develop [*9*] their education systems and provide institutions and NGOs with the tools needed to understand and implement the Goals. International organizations should also recognize mental health disorders as real threats to young people’s future.
60. Member States and Governments also had a key role to play to ensure that educators and curricula were tailored to the needs of the twenty-first century and to provide young people with the necessary infrastructure and technology to have access to educational opportunities. In addition, multisectoral efforts were needed to tackle discrimination and provide young people from remote areas or disadvantaged backgrounds with equal opportunities and to make professional counselling and career orientation an integral part of school-to-school and school-to-work transitions. Young people should also have access to universal health coverage, not only for treatment, but also for preventive purposes. Lastly, young people from around the world should motivate themselves to become more involved in decision-making structures and try to replicate the best practices of other States in their home country.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.2