Delegate: Mr. Adrian Lorentsson (26 years)
66. Mr. Lorentsson (Norway), speaking as a youth delegate, said that mental health problems among young people were emerging as a global issue. The youth of Norway were concerned that not addressing this would mean failing to ensure basic human rights for all people. Youth in many countries were unable to access basic mental health care. Failing to address that issue would have a significant impact on the social and economic integration of over a billion young people.
67. On International Youth Day, the Secretary General had stated that stigma and shame often prevented youth from seeking the support that they needed. Involving children and youth in designing mental health services would ensure that such services were tailored to their needs. He urged Member States to develop policies that made service-user involvement a guiding principal in the design and delivery of all health-care services. Meaningful youth participation was a vital part of creating a youth-inclusive society. Approximately one third of children not attending primary school were disabled, and it was important to reach those children. He, therefore, recommended that the Member States that had not yet done so should ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
68. Over 60 million girls were also being deprived of their right to education. He called on Member States to improve the quality of education among girls and young women. Giving girls and young women access to education was vital in order to combat extreme poverty, inequality and lifelong exclusion from society and also lowered maternal and child mortality rates. Lastly, he stressed that Member States should respect international standards to prevent schools and universities from being used for military purposes during armed conflict.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/69/SR.3