His Royal Highness Mr. King Willem-Alexander

Statement Summary

WILLEM-ALEXANDER of the Netherlands, paying tribute to the people who founded the United Nations, said that in the canon of world history the world body deserves a place as one of the most significant organizations for good.  Noting the challenges presented by the COVID‑19 pandemic, he acknowledged the difficulty of many of the issues facing the world.  He then gave the floor to a United Nations youth delegate who said young people want to live in a world with fundamental human rights, one that protects people and planet, and one that thinks about the long term.  In closing, the youth delegate asked all to imagine what kind of world is possible if leaders had a fraction of the idealism of young people.