Delegates: Mr. Phaovibul, Ms. Ma
58. Mr. Phaovibul(Thailand), representing the young people of Thailand, reported that as a result of the adoption of the Fifth National Youth Plan and the Long-Term Strategy (2002-2011) in accordance with the United Nations action planto create a world fit for children, major progress had been made on improving the access of both boys and girls to primary and secondary education. Thailand thus hoped to fulfil the goals relating to education for all by 2015. Thailand was also striving to instil in its young people an awareness of the need to protect the environment and natural resources, to avoid waste and to make appropriate use of knowledge and technology. To that end his Government was carrying out various activities, notably in collaboration with UNESCO, to make young people aware of the problems of global warming and its effects on society.
59. Ms. Ma(Thailand), also speaking on behalf of the youth of her country, reported that after including representatives of the National Youth Council as members of the National Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Thai authorities had presented a report that took into account the real situation and needs of children. She encouraged other Member States to do likewise. Thailand also intended to apply the Durban Programme of Action, protect the rights of all persons belonging to different faiths and religions and encourage tolerance and non-discrimination, for example by organizing interfaith youth camps.
60. Member States must establish strong policies in favour of young people, in order to offer them sound views in a world of unprecedented possibilities and risks.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/63/SR.2