Delegate: Ms. Hanna Bergman (21 years)
25. Ms. Bergman (Sweden), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) was a critical tool for involving youth in efforts to strengthen peace in conflict affected areas and in all nations seeking to eliminate xenophobia, structural racism, homophobia, gun violence and human suffering. She called on the international community to address the shrinking space and resources allocated for engagement with civil society, including by increasing youth participation, which was critical to the strengthening of democracy. Efforts must be made to create an inclusive and enabling environment for all young people, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexuality, citizenship or religion, in particular by ensuring their access to welfare systems and free education and by combating prejudice.
26. The age old scourge of inequality continued to be fuelled by gender based violence. While she was proud of her country’s feminist Government, she urged all Member States to step up their efforts to put an end to gender based violence and discrimination, particularly in conflict situations. In addition, the wide ranging effects of climate change including flooding, which destroyed schools and compromised access to education; extreme heat, which affected access to water and endangered health and lives; and storms, which destroyed homes, hospitals and infrastructure disproportionately affected vulnerable groups and must be addressed as a matter of priority.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/72/SR.3