Agenda Item 3 – Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Representatives of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children and Children and Armed Conflict
as delivered by Anna Melamud, Attorney-Advisor
37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Geneva, March 6, 2018
Thank you, Mr. President.
The United States thanks Special Representatives Santos Pais and Gamba. We appreciate their efforts to highlight the urgency of addressing violence against children and children and armed conflict, and to advocate for rights and protections of children.
Violence against children is a global problem and the United States is working to combat it. The increased role of online communication as a part of children’s daily life has exposed them to the dangers of bullying online, a concern emphasized by First Lady Melania Trump. Collectively, we want children to be good stewards of the world, which extends to online messaging and content that children are exposed to on a daily basis. The consequences of bullying online are harmful and can include mental health concerns, substance abuse, exploitation, violent or self-destructive behavior, even suicide.
The United States also remains committed to the elimination of unlawful child recruitment into armed conflict, and is pleased with the accomplishments that the Children and Armed Conflict mandate has made over the 20 years. Last year was no exception, with over 5,000 children liberated from being forced to fight.
Ms. Santos Pais: Thank you for your presentation. Our delegation would be interested to hear your recommendations for how states and non-governmental stakeholders can combat cyber bullying:
Ms. Gamba: Thank you for your presentation. You previously mentioned that one of your priorities for your mandate is to increase coordination through regional organizations. Our delegation would be interested to know the progress you have made on this front since you started your position.