Delegate: Mr. Naef
27. Mr. Naef (Switzerland), speaking on behalf of Swiss youth, noted that young people, who represented some 70 per cent of the world population, carried within them future solutions to the world’s problems. At a time of crisis, vulnerable groups — including youth — were threatened with social exclusion, the many and harmful effects of which were described in the Secretary-General’s report (A/64/157). The situation called for instruments of social inclusion to ease the impact of the crisis. For Switzerland, these instruments were, on one hand, reinforced training and job creation and, on the other hand, the establishment of social security systems. Those systems played an essential role in times of crisis, even if they presented additional risks in terms of financing. Deploring the fact that the international community had not examined or even recognized the enormous potential of a social security system for developing countries and the least developed countries, he said the international community should unite its efforts to establish, within a reasonable time, a minimum world social security that would guarantee universal coverage suited to the needs of each country. The commitment to coordination given by ILO and the United Nations Chief Executives Board should be welcomed. There should be no discrimination when it came to the social inclusion of young people. In his report (A/64/157), the Secretary-General had cited young people of immigrant stock as a particularly vulnerable group. Switzerland therefore proposed that the 2011 report of the Secretary-General on this question should be devoted to the issue of migration.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/64/SR.3