2014 Youth Delegates to General Assembly

youh delegates 2014The biggest problem facing young people around the world — in developing and developed countries — was unemployment and underemployment, youth representatives told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) as it concluded its general discussion on social development, with lively contributions from a number of delegates, many of whom had grown up alongside the Millennium Development Goals.

Young people from around the world spoke candidly about the obstacles that they faced, with several speakers lamenting that youth had not been given their due roles in public life.  A youth delegate from Finland noted that after 15 years of implementing the Millennium Goals, less than one fifth of Finnish young people had ever heard of them.  When asked about the future they wanted, they described a fair and equal world, where people were judged by their skills. “Ideology and religion are not the leading factors behind radicalization of youth,” he stressed.  “Much more important is the lack of economic and social opportunities.”
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