Delegate: Ms. Dikáčová
79. Ms. Dikáčová (Slovak Republic), speaking as the youth representative of the Slovak Republic, said that more than two thirds of young people were living in Africa and Asia and that many of them had no access to primary education, good health and fundamental human rights. Others were facing social instability, a lack of financial resources and other obstacles such as racism or xenophobia, all of which had a negative influence on their participation in the economic and social system.
80. Young people were able to devise original and innovative solutions and act as key stakeholders in various areas of social and economic life. They should therefore be given the opportunity to be equal partners in decision-making processes at all levels. To that end, she called on Member States to grant young people access to education corresponding to the needs of the labour market and to create societies that showed respect for fundamental human rights.
81. She also urged Member States to implement the recommendations contained in the Secretary-General’s report, entitled “Follow-up to the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond” (A/62/61/E/2007/7).
UN Doc.: A/C.3/62/SR.3