Speaker: HE Gabriela Szabo
Location: UN Headquarters
Date: August 6th, 2014
Summer Youth Assembly
Uniting Youth Through Arts, Culture, Sports, and
Travel for the Development of the Post-2015 Agenda
August 6th, 2014
Statement by HE Gabriela Szabo
Minister of Youth and Sports
Dear young delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Friends and collegues,
First of all I would like to thank His Excellency (H.E.) UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad ALHENDAWI, for taking so much consideration for both YOUTH and SPORTS – sports, cannot exist without each young generation.
I also want to thank the organizers, Friends Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), H.E. Ambassador Simona MICULESCU, Beatrice CORD – I am so proud to be their conational, all of you for the kindhearted welcome and the efforts to provide all of the participants the best conditions for our reunion – Summer Youth Assembly to the United Nations 2014.
Empowering our YOUTH means empowering of FUTURE! We live in a plenary world and we should be more and more aware of this. Our today’s actions will reshape not only our youth and the future generation, but the whole Earth, and maybe more… We should take our vision forward, more courageously and prospective, realizing that each of us is part of a bigger link… the world we live in.
In order for our nations to thrive, to progress in a sustainable construction, our societies must develop more and more social understanding, common political agendas… more clearly: become FRIENDS, with capitals, and help each other, fostering collaboration, experience sharing and innovate by implementing joint exchange programs.
Romania’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, as governmental institution in charge with drawing up and implementing youth policies, has focused its efforts on extra-curricular youth activities, its’ main partners being the non-governmental youth and students associations.
Dear friends and collegues,
We should build common visions for a peace building future thru our youth – making our differences as a support for innovation and understanding by sharing experiences and not elements of conflict, draw on the beauty of multiculturalism to foster future collaborations and cultural exchanges in the more and more globalized world, we live in.
Also on this dimension, the role of sports should be taken to a greater extent into consideration in:
* ending inequalities and conflicts
* for transparent and clean competitions
* in easing the burden from the health system
Thirdly, following the NEETS conference of EU countries that we held in march this year in Bucharest together with the other EU countries we developed a common agenda tohelp marginalized youth and most at risk young people to find their way in a thieving society
Coming back to our meeting, I know the difficult moments that some of the countries present here today face to secure their development. I think a sustainable vision as well as its reality depends much upon the youth. Hereby, I consider launching collaboration programs on youth role in peace building and conflict resolution thru common programs such as UN YOUTH DELEGATE and the Alliance of Civilizations sould also appear more and more on our agendas.
And what is the role of SPORTS?
Sports play a key role in fostering this atmosphere I have just described. By creating a strong sport infrastructure, we can combat the problems of poor health and sedentarism, but also unemployment, innovation, integration, and many more. Sports do not just encompass SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN. The role of sports should be taken to a greater extent into consideration in ending inequalities and conflicts, as well as an important component in the peace process.
Before I finish, I would like to leave you with the words of Nelson Mandela. “Sport,” he use to say, “has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”
Last but not least, it is with great honor and joyfulness that I reiterate that one of our most beautiful cities will proudly be for the next year 2015 the European Youth capital. Hereby, I wish to invite you all to be part of this memorable experience cherishing our future generation, and come and visit ROMANIA.
Ladies and gentlemen,
In the end, I, as my countries representative, am calling on all of you, both High ranked officials as well as young delegates, to join together to strengthen our means of collaboration, to admire each other by our differences, that make us so special, and to become more pro-actively involved for the FUTURE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD.
Not in the end, I wish to thank the Romanian youth delegates, to all youth organizations in ROMANIA as well as to to our Olympic Committee and Sports Federation and sportsmen and women for backing up my mission, our mission to deliver a better environement for a sunny future, for being present to our national efforts to empower the future generation to thrive.
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