Delegate: Ms. Sabine Fankhauser (21 years)
43. Ms. Fankhauser (Switzerland), speaking as a youth delegate, said that she had travelled the length and breadth of her country to gather the views of young people from a variety of backgrounds. Young people could offer a new perspective on problems and were important vectors of change. While they had spoken about many different subjects, social inclusion was at the heart of many of their concerns.
44. Governments were responsible for providing the appropriate legal, economic and political frameworks to achieve social inclusion; the rest was up to individuals. She was particularly concerned by the attitude of individuals and leaders towards marginalized minorities and their inclusion in society. Instead of being marginalized, they should be viewed as agents of change. Openness and tolerance were vital to the development of a more inclusive world. The social inclusion of all, based on tolerance and openness, was the foundation of all peaceful societies, which was a universal goal.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.1