Delegates: Ms. Kanticha Bunvanit, Ms. Uthaipan Pomkhatkaew (21 years)
19. Ms. Bunvanit (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate said that, in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States should focus on narrowing the economic and social gap between rural and urban areas and on enhancing social integration for all, including poor youth. Her country had greatly reduced maternal and under-5 mortality rates by providing non-discriminatory basic health care and a health-care scheme for low-income households. To reduce poverty in remote areas, Thais were encouraged to follow the King’s‘sufficiency economy philosophy, which promoted self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability. Young people in rural areas were taught to use their free time productively to support their families and communities.
20. Ms. Pomkhatkaew (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Thailand provided free primary and secondary education for all, including distance learning for pupils in remote areas. The Government also offered many university scholarships, including for students from remote areas. Thai centres for youth journalism gave young people a chance to share their views and develop skills. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific had encouraged volunteerism among Thai youth had informed them about environmental issues during the recent National Training on Youth Volunteerism and empowerment in Bangkok. She was grateful to the United Nations for its efforts to enhance youth participation in the work of the Organization, including the formulation of the Sustainable development goals. It should continue such activities and should encourage the participation of young women and young people with disabilities, so that no group of young people was left behind.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/70/SR.2