Delegate: Mr. Ateş
27. Mr. Ateş (Turkey), speaking as his country’s youth delegate, said that climate change and global warming constituted one of the most significant threats ever to have faced humanity. The ice formation at the summit of Mount Ağri, Turkey’s tallest mountain, had melted by five metres over the previous 20 years. The water level of Lake Van, the country’s largest lake, had decreased by three metres over the previous 12 years. In September 2009, Istanbul had been hit by the worst flooding in several decades, which had cost the lives of over 30 people. Turkey’s youth therefore wished to see a successful outcome to the forthcoming negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen.
28. The consequences of the economic and financial crisis had been felt throughout the world. All States should take action to alleviate the effects of the crisis on youth, older persons and disabled persons. Turkey’s youth remained committed to the Millennium Development Goals, democracy and human rights. Over the previous decade, the country had been undergoing an intense process of political reforms to improve living standards, and young persons had played a prominent part.
29. Increasing global interdependence and mobility made it necessary for cultures and civilizations to better understand one another. Along with Spain, Turkey was a co-sponsor of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative with which over 80 countries were associated. Turkish youth fully supported that initiative, and was prepared to work with the youth of other countries to promote mutual understanding.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/64/SR.2