Delegate: Ms. Amati
Ms. Amati (San Marino): ”Youth is our future”. I decided to begin my brief statement with this motto because I believe that these four words sum up what the Republic of San Marino, together with the United Nations, believes.
The world we live in has changed completely in recent decades, as we have achieved the important goal of globalization. My generation is particularly fortunate, because we have a chance to relate to other young people from all over the world. We can share our culture with them, and at the same time we get to learn about theirs.
I am very glad to have the chance to attend todays plenary meeting, dedicated to us, the youth of the world. The United Nations is the arena where we can best discuss our future.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated that education is a human right. We could not agree more. The importance of education is multifaceted; it is the foundation of a more advanced and developed society.
One of most important actions we can take in favour of young people and of the advancement of our societies is to give our young people a good, sound education which will serve them well in future.
The Republic of San Marino believes that education must have first place on our scale of priorities. In order to provide a good education to young citizens, our Government not only invests economic resources in education but provides honour students with financial aid.
Education is based on both study and culture. Culture is what one gets from ones family, what one learns in ones country and from ones country; basically, it is ones history; everyone has his or her own.
In our culture, in San Marino, the family plays a key role in forming new generations. The relationship between young family members and their elders is very strong and allows young people to learn, from childhood on, valuable lessons about aspects of their background lessons that will help them in future.
That is why I would like to encourage everyone present today to re-evaluate the needs of young people and to consider what their elders can give to them.
UN Doc.: A/60/PV.28