The role of youth in the promotion and protection of human rights.

1987/45. The role of youth in the promotion and protection of human rights

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling General Assembly resolutions 36/29 of 13 November 1981, 37/49 of 3 December 1982, 38/23 of 22 November 1983 and 41/98 of 4 December 1966 in which the Assembly, inter alia, recognized the need to adopt appropriate measures for securing the implementation and the enjoyment by youth of human rights, particularly the right to education and to work, Recalling also its resolutions 1982/36 of 11 March 1982, 1983/46 of 9 March 1983 and 1985/14 of 11 March 1985, Considering that young people constitute a substantial part of the world's population and play an important role in all fields of human activity, as well as the fact that the future belongs to youth, Convinced that the confidence of youth in the future is a prerequisite for the realization of the creative potential of youth, Recognizing that in many countries young people, under the prevailing critical social and economic conditions, are facing serious problems in the exercise of their right to education and work, Aware of the fact that insufficient education and the unemployment of young people limit their ability to participate in the development process, and, in this regard, emphasizing the importance of secondary and higher education for young people, as well as of access for them to appropriate technical and vocational guidance and training programmes, Expressing its serious interest in consolidating and building further on the results of the International Youth Year, which ended on 31 December 1985, in order to contribute, inter alia, to the increasing participation of young people in the socio-economic life of their country,

1. Calls upon all States, all governmental and non-governmental organizations, the United Nations organs concerned and the specialized agencies to devote constant attention to the exercise and use by young people of all human rights, including the right to education and vocational training and the right to work, with a view to ensuring full employment and the solution of the problem of unemployment among young people;

2. Calls upon all States to take appropriate legislative, administrative and other action for the exercise by youth of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to education and the right to work, with a view to creating conditions for the active participation of young people in the formation and implementation of programmes for the economic and social development of their countries;

3. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-fifth session the item entitled "The role of youth in the promotion and protection of human rights, including the question of conscientious objection to military service".

54th meeting
10 March 1987
[Adopted by a roll-call vote of 41 to none, with
1 abstention. See chap. XV.]

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