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Top Stories : Statement by the delegation of Thailand during the panel discussion on youth and human rights at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on 22 September 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

 Statement by the delegation of Thailand

during the panel discussion on youth and human rights

at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council

on 22 September 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

 

Mr. President,

Thailand shares the international community’s commitment to promote the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms of young people. Key to the advancement of their human rights lies in strengthening implementation. The implementation of the goals and targets pertaining to youth under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as  the World Programme of Action for Youth, can therefore play an instrumental role in helping States to meet their obligations and lead to improved policies and practices.

In this regard, we wish to share two insights drawn from our national experience.

First, a strong legal and policy framework is critical for the effective promotion and protection of human rights of youth. In our case, we have the National Child and Youth Development Promotion Act, which guarantees the right of youth to education and health services. Additionally, our current National Children and Youth Development Plan (2012-2016) emphasizes capacity-building of networks for child and youth development as well as enhancing administration and management for child and youth protection and development.

Last year we also passed a law on preventive and remedial measures for adolescent pregnancy. This legislation was drafted in compliance with the CRC, CEDAW, CRPD and the ICPD Programme of Action. The Act mandates compulsory comprehensive sexuality education in all academic institutions, provision of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, and access to continued education for pregnant students.

Second, youth representation in the decision-making process is crucial for the success of youth policies. Here, Thai Youth representatives are included as members of the national commissions on child and youth development and on adolescent pregnancies. In addition, through the National Assembly on Child and Youth Development process, youth networks are given the opportunities to present their views on youth issues and shape youth policies.

Looking ahead, we must therefore continue to educate, empower and create space for youth in order to unlock their potential as a positive driving force in our societies.

Thank you.