WYA Statement at the 51st CSocD


The World Youth Alliance (WYA) has released a statement on the occasion of the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) at the United Nations, welcoming the theme "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all". The statement also called for a recognition of the the immeasurable value of the human person to innovate and contribute to development.

"The recognition that all human beings have intrinsic dignity is the only foundaton for human rights. It is the intrinsic worth of the human person that provides the basis on which to found policies and laws that create conditions under which human beings can flourish. Without such a foundation, human rights are articulated and enforced based upon subjective preferences of those in power, thus undermining the entire human rights project and leading to violations of human rights."

 To read the full paper and download the PDF version, click here.

WYA has also released a campaign promoting the role of the family in nurturing individuals in order to achieve their full potential and contribute to society. The campaign finds its inspiration from paragraphs seven and nine of the statement:

"The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society because it is the place where children are nurtured and raised, thus ensuring the future of society and the state”.

"The strength of the family is of primary importance to youth because it influences the way in which they will respond to issues and difficulties in their lives. The encouragement and love that a young person experiences in family life are directly related to how well he or she does in school and consequently have an impact on employment opportunities. Therefore, support for the family is essential in recognizing and promotinhg the dignity of young people, especially as they relate to poverty eradication." 

Download the poster here, or download the flyer here.

Click here to read more about WYA’s work at the United Nations, or email advocacy@wya.net for inquiries.