Delegate: Ms. Karnelutti
68. Ms. Karnelutti (Slovenia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that young people were facing a clear set of challenges as a result of the ongoing pandemic, most of which were connected to their economic situation, education and mental health. The crisis had led to a sharp rise in mental health issues, which were currently reported by 30 per cent of young people in Slovenia. That increase was a result of limited access to mental health services following the introduction of social distancing and related pandemic measures.
69. Mental health support in education should also be improved, and Sustainable Development Goal 4 on the right to quality education should be a pillar of social development. Moreover, the importance of the Goals had increased during the current crisis. Online learning was unsustainable, and education must be prioritized as part of the transition out of the pandemic.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/76/SR.3