Delegates: Ms. Velkov, Mr. Karanovic
70. Ms. Velkov (Serbia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that her country had presented its voluntary national review on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019, demonstrating its commitment to the 2030 Agenda. The Republic of Serbia was proud of its Ministry of Youth and Sports and its legislative framework that specifically promoted young people’s rights. Moreover, the city of Novi Sad currently held the title of European Youth Capital, which placed its young people and their positive energy in the spotlight for a full year.
71. Mr. Karanovic (Serbia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that every year, millions of young people entered the job market only to fall victim to the global youth unemployment crisis. The prevalence of unpaid internships and the weak link between education systems and labour markets contributed to the crisis. All stakeholders should act to protect the young labour force and ease the school-to-work transition. In Serbia, youth unemployment remained high, despite a fall in overall unemployment in recent years. Furthermore, despite its youth policies, his country faced the same problem as many others, a gap between policies and young people themselves that must be bridged. Governments needed to reach out to young people and provide high quality education, including citizenship education, to empower young people to take part in decision-making processes.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.3