Statement on Third Committee Agenda Item 27(b) Social Development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family A/C.3/66/ L.7/Rev 1 "Policies and Programs Involving Youth"

Courtney Nemroff
Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 8, 2011


Mr. Chairman,

The United States wishes to express our thanks and appreciation to the Delegations of the Republic of Moldova, Portugal and Senegal, who, as the main sponsors and facilitators of the resolution before us today, exercised patience, sound judgment and fortitude to bring us to this consensus outcome on this Committee’s resolution on youth.


However, I must also express my delegation’s deep disappointment that some member states insisted upon inclusion of a paragraph on youth living under foreign occupation.  This reference politicizes the resolution and detracts from its central theme.   Most disturbing is the fact that some of the same countries who supported the inclusion of this paragraph blocked proposals to reference the role that youth are playing in advancing transformational changes in their own societies, through the exercise of their fundamental rights including the freedoms of expression, assembly and peaceful protest.   The compelling experiences of the Arab Spring are a powerful reminder that the only solution to political crisis is through an inclusive political process with the aim of effectively addressing the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the population, including youth. 


PRN: 2011/236