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10/03/2006

Manhattan kutsuu

Tanaan pidettiin puheet kolmannessa komiteassa agendan kohtaan 60 sosiaalisesta kehityksesta. Lahes kaikki maat ottivat kantaa, suurin osa hyvin samalla tavalla. Taman kohdan alaisuuteen kuuluu myos nuorisoasiat. Nuorisodelegaateista kaikki paitsi Malta ja Romania saivat pitaa puheen maansa puolesta. Ainoastaan Ruotsia ja Norjaa sensuroitiin etukateen.

Liikuttavaa yhteishenkea, nyokyttelya ja hymistelyahan se pitkalti oli, silla kukapa hyvia asioita kyseenalaistaisi. Piristavaa oli tietyst esim. Kuuban puhe. Kuuban ei paljoa tarvitse pokkuroida kun oikein mitaan liittolaisiakaan ei ole.

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Mr.Chairman,

As the youth representative from Finland, it is an honour for me to address this Assembly.

Last year a review of the World Programme of Action for Youth brought together a record amount of youth delegates at the United Nation's highest decision-making body, the General Assembly. It was a delight that so many delegations considered youth as an important stakeholder and that these delegations were ready to hear the voices of the young people. The World Programme of Action for Youth is not on the agenda during this General Assembly, however we can not forget how crucial young people are in all matters. Roughly half of the world’s population is young people. Youth need to be present, and youth-led development should be promoted at all levels. We want to take responsibility for developing our own futures.

Mr.Chairman,

Especially the education of girls and young women need an extra focus. Their opportunities are even fewer then those of their peer boys’. We, the young people of today, are the most educated generation ever. Still 113 million children grow up without any schooling and 130 million young people can’t read. Opening doors to possibilities is not easy in that situation.?

The education of girls and young women is crucial for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Access to education for girls and young women is important for them as individuals as well as for the development of the entire society. The education gives youth the keys to the social rise and control of their own life. Increased human capital is the key to economic growth.

Mr.Chairman,

We need to make young people equal partners and actors in creating their own society, own future, own development. When we have knowledge and skills, young generations can together lead initiatives against poverty. One of the themes in the World Programme of Action for Youth is youth participation. Participation and possibilities to influence are not self-evident to many young people. That has to change. Our goal should be that young people everywhere could take responsibility of their own decisions and their own lives and futures.

It’s a shame to see so few youth delegates at the General Assembly this year. I strongly encourage all nations to include youth delegates in their delegations. We the young people want to influence our own futures. We want to take the responsibility, but we need access. Hear the voices of the young people in your countries. You might learn something.

Mr. Chairman,

Absolute poverty breaches the human rights. It denies the individual of possibilities. States and international organisations - indeed all of us - have a responsibility to create those possibilities. Young people need to have the possibility to realise their dreams. Creating jobs and education opportunities for young people need to be put much higher on the priority list of the United Nations.

Thank you for your attention.

 

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