Delegate: Mr. Dominik Porvažník
102. Mr. Porvaznik (Slovakia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that without intergenerational trust, it would be impossible to move forward. Since his arrival
at the United Nations, he had been disappointed to note that disposable plastic bags, food containers and cutlery were still being used at the Headquarters building at a time when the United Nations was the most prominent advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals and when ample proof existed of the harm that disposable plastic was causing to the environment. He had begun to question whether those Goals were really taken seriously. Trust and idealism were essential. The very existence of the United Nations, which brought together leaders from all around the world, was surely proof of idealism, as was the goal of achieving equal opportunities for every human being. Experienced leaders needed young people just as enthusiastic, energetic young people needed the experience and guidance of their elders and moral role models they could follow and believe in. Mutual trust and intergenerational dialogue were vital for making the world a better place for everyone. It was also necessary for combating extremism, apathy and all the inequalities and challenges faced by society.
103. He urged people, as they moved through the corridors of the United Nations Headquarters on their way from one event to another, to pause and contemplate the beauty of the pieces of art exhibited in the building and to reflect on their deeper meaning. Moreover, they should devote five minutes of their daily routine to visit the Meditation Room, where people could withdraw into themselves regardless of their faith or creed. The Room was also dedicated to all those who had died on United Nations missions, who had lived according to the ideals of the Organization and taken them seriously.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.3
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.3, 3 October 2018, p. 15, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/slovakia-2018/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-191843-0.