Delegate: Mr. Oliver Felix
25. Mr. Felix (Switzerland), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the full and constructive participation of youth as equal partners was not merely a political commitment, and called for recognition of their right to take part in decision-making at all levels, making use of their knowledge and experience and considering them as key agents in society, able to make an important contribution to their country’s development. Giving young people an opportunity to participate in decision-making contributed to their [*5*] development and allowed them to contribute to the development of society.
26. However, participation must be accompanied by empowerment, which called for education to help the young integrate into social and professional life and exercise their citizenship. In that regard, youth organizations and volunteerism were a dynamic force for social integration and active citizenship and could become a strategy to combat social problems such as drug use and youth crime.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.3
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.3, 3 October 2011, p. 4, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/switzerland-2011/, doi: 10.17176/20221018-193951-0.