Delegates: Ms. Margrete Bjørge Katanasho (21 years), Mr. Jarle Aarbakke Tollaksen (27 years)
56. Ms. Katanasho (Norway), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Member States had a responsibility to protect the human rights of refugee children, who were exposed to dangers such as violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Half of all refugee children were out of school, and the percentage of out-of-school refugee girls and disabled children was even greater. In addition to being a human right, education was essential for displaced children to live meaningful lives. Furthermore, safe learning environments made children less vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, child prostitution and human trafficking. In closing,
she urged every Committee member to sign the UNHCR #WithRefugees petition.
57. Mr. Tollaksen (Norway), speaking as a youth delegate, said that LGBTI refugees were among the most vulnerable. Member States had a responsibility to protect the rights of all of their citizens and had committed themselves to ensuring sustainable development for all — including LGBTI persons. The Norwegian youth delegates urged all Member States to review the status of human rights for LGBTI persons, to cooperate with the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to take the voices of LGBTI persons into account in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/71/SR.2