Delegates: Ms. Chiranthi Senanayake, Mr. Sachinda Dulanjana
51. Ms. Senanayake (Sri Lanka), speaking as a youth delegate, said that her country’s extensive youth related infrastructure operated under the umbrella of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and included organizations such as a national youth services council and a national federation of youth clubs. Free education had contributed to a literacy rate of more than 90 per cent. However, youth unemployment and underemployment remained high, owing in part to a need to develop youth skills by, for example, focusing skill development programmes on the job market and increasing computer literacy. In that connection, Sri Lanka took pride in having contributed to the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.
52. Mr. Dulanjana (Sri Lanka), speaking as a youth delegate, said that in 2015, with the support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, the United Nations Information Centre in Sri Lanka had conducted an island-wide campaign to raise youth awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sri Lanka ranked second in the world for volunteerism, and young volunteers could be a driving force for achieving sustainable development. Young people needed to be educated about the importance of advocating appropriate measures to protect human rights, including steps to increase the number of women parliamentarians and to create nurturing environments for girls and disabled children. The Sri Lankan youth delegates pledged to work to empower youth and create the necessary environment for their development.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/71/SR.2