Speaker: Sorin Moldovan, undersecretary of state and vice-president of the National Authority for Sports and Youth within the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports
Location: UN Headquarters
Mr. Chairman, your Excellencies, dear friends,
Please allow me to express on behalf of the Romanian people the deepest condolences to the bereaved people of Norway for the tragic Friday of July 22nd that claimed the lives of so many innocents. Since the main victims of this despicable act of hatred were the youth - and maybe the future leaders of a nation - the tragedy brings to this meeting an added sense of urgency.
It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be present here at the United Nations, in a very special period, a period marked by the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, in the same time celebrating 25 years since the first International Year of Youth, in 1985, on Participation, Development and Peace.
We all have now the opportunity of being here together, representatives from different continents and cultures and we must recognize the fact that this meeting should represent a turning point for consolidating a common perspective on how to address the challenges faced by the youth in the globalized world of today.
The World Program of Action for Youth as amended in 2007 is described as a “global blueprint” for youth policies and programs, identifying 15 priority areas that require continuous and important efforts. The world in which we live today needs these efforts. The complicated mix consisting of the global financial crisis, uncertainty and emerging conflicts affects our own way of living. We need to face reality and recognize the fact that young people are particularly vulnerable in these times of crisis.
I come here today in front of you both as a representative of the Romanian youth and as a token of my country’s commitment in promoting youth at top decision levels in the Government in matters concerning youth. And from this position I am and will be a steadfast supporter of the idea of taking action and offering opportunities for the youth - because today’s youth is the main resource of tomorrow.
We live in a fast-growing global society in which the links between nations are growing ever stronger and complex and I strongly believe that this presents the youth of today, not with an extra challenge, but with a unique opportunity. Mobility has allowed the youth to develop a better sense of understanding towards other cultures and societies, breeding tolerance and balance. From this point of view I think we have reasons to be optimistic since more and more young people from challenged areas of the world benefit now from the fruits of globalization.
The global society and its inherent mobility offer young individuals the possibility of better training in various fields, bringing a considerable contribution to their overall capacity to adapt to the increasingly complex requirements of today’s dynamic global labor market. On the other hand we shouldn’t be discouraged in supporting the costs for facilitating, introducing and promoting youth access to information and communication technologies, as prerequisite elements that cannot be denied in our increasingly interdependent global society.
The youth organizations around the world represent an asset and we, the Member States, need to continuously support the non-governmental sector as a key factor in the efficient promotion of human rights, fundamental freedoms and tolerance. The key for a sound democratic life is dialogue, therefore we need to support the cooperation with civil society and identify the best channels to addressing the needs of the youth and especially of those who are the most disadvantaged.
The Member States need also to focus on developing national coherent youth policies that take into account the current state of the globalization process and its impact on the youth from different regions of the world.
There is a crucial responsibility that lies on the shoulders of UN entities, national youth bodies and governments, and that is to develop or improve the existing programs and increase the financial support for achieving national and regional goals.
As a brief example of my country’s most recent concrete action in delivering on its commitments regarding youth I will only refer to the legislative initiative passed this year aimed specifically at encouraging and facilitating the establishment of small and medium sized companies by youth. By this measure, the Government seeks to engage even more the youth in the private sector, especially during these difficult economic times when the whole society must take an active part in a robust and sustainable economic recovery.
In addition, I would like to point out that, in Romania, the Program “UN Youth Delegate” is being coordinated by a specialized body, the National Authority for Sport and Youth. We took this responsibility bearing in mind that youth must have the possibility of having an insight on the manner in which global high-level decisions are taken. Therefore we encourage other member states to support this program, as a fundamental tool for youth participation in the democratic life.
The adoption of the Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the 65th session of the General Assembly on Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding represents a success which allows us to hope that tomorrow will be a better day for the youth we represent.
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