Delegate: Mr. Tristan Robert
39. Mr. Robert (Switzerland), speaking as a youth delegate, said that cohesion was a fundamental component of any society that wished to develop peacefully, but could be achieved only by listening to all sectors of the population, particularly persons in vulnerable situations. Integration into the labour market was essential for young people and older workers alike, and their distinct challenges must be addressed in order to ensure intergenerational cohesion. Cohesion also called for tolerance, and the inclusion of minorities, especially migrant populations, made diversity a strength. Young people everywhere had opportunities for international mobility and many different paths and perspectives were open to them. Contacts between populations of different origins and different socioeconomic backgrounds were crucial, and exchanges between them helped to improve knowledge of “the other”. Social diversity made it easier to form such links and diminished mistrust and unfamiliarity. Growing inequalities at the national and international levels threatened the balance and unity of communities, and it was the responsibility of every community to give each of its members the opportunity to be both a source of, and a stakeholder in, its development.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.2