Delegates: Mr. Worawit Dumklang (20 years), Ms. Jarida Chittrawat (20 years)
59. Mr. Dumklang (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the Thai youth delegates wished to highlight three groups of people who must not be left [*10*] behind in development: youth, older persons, and migrants. As fast learners who naturally embraced diversity and had the courage to take action against inequality and injustice, young people were ideal agents of change. In that connection, the youth delegates were eager to share their experiences and knowledge of Thailand’s inclusive, moderate, people centred development model, the “sufficient economy philosophy”. With regard to older persons, they supported efforts to foster intergenerational solidarity, which was encouraged in Thailand through activities for passing on traditional and cultural knowledge.
60. Ms. Chittrawat (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Thai young people recognized of the contribution of migrants to Thailand’s social and economic development. Young people around the world could be the bridge of understanding between their societies and migrants. Information technology and social media could also be used to shape public perceptions and encourage social harmony and a culture of acceptance. The youth delegates urged the United Nations to continue providing platforms for young people to express themselves and to do the same for other groups whose voices were seldom heard.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.3
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.3, 3 October 2017, p. 9-10, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/thailand-2017/.