Delegate: Mr. Abdulaziz Tarabzouni
75. Mr. Tarabzoni (Saudi Arabia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the issues under discussion should be given particular attention in view of the recent launch of the International Year of Youth. The international community had been late in coming to the realization that social issues were the backbone of development. Access to education and a healthy environment transformed children into global change makers. Youth delegates from several countries had already begun to collaborate in the goal of making a positive change. The world had become smaller than ever. The Internet and new media offered networks that could transform local opportunities into large-scale success stories. The major successes of business enterprises and charity foundations had started as lofty dreams in university campuses and gatherings of friends, demonstrating that the vision of social development for a better world was possible.
76. Youth made up over 60 per cent of the population in Saudi Arabia, and many efforts were being made to engage them in Government initiatives. A centre had been established to promote young people’s ideas and involvement in decision-making, while Saudi students were contributing to international aid efforts, including rescue operations in Pakistan. Students were also an important part of the Government’s inter-faith dialogue initiative to end false stereotypes and had recently participated in a forum with students in China.
77. The United Nations World Youth Report was an essential tool for measuring the progress of youth involvement around the world. As future leaders, young people would be striving to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals remained a priority in their countries.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/65/SR.2
UN Doc.: A/C.3/65/SR.2, 4 October 2010, p. 10, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/saudi-arabia-2010/.