The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum took place in Bali from Dec 4-6 2012. As noted by the ICPD: “Forty-three percent of the world’s population is currently under 25 – and the number of young people is rising fastest in those parts of the world with the lowest economic growth. The ICPD Programme of Action made the needs of youth a priority and yet in all countries of the world, progress on youth issues is lagging… Despite their enormous stake in the future, youth voices have not been part of the mainstrean development debate.”
The Forum, which featured over 900 delegates, aimed to address this problem. Below is a report from Devex Newswire.
by Ivy Mungcal on 10 December 2012
A world where the youth can actively participate in society and has access to quality education, health services and decent work opportunities. That’s just a sneak peek into the vision youth leaders have laid out for the future of young people around the world.
This vision, which the U.N. Population Fund has pledged to support and push for at discussions for the post-2015 development agenda, was crafted by more than 600 youth leaders who attended a UNFPA-backed global forum held Dec. 4-6 in Indonesia.
Recommendations outlined on the declaration adopted at the end of the forum focused largely on what young people want governments to provide in terms of education, health care and rights. Among pertinent calls were for the inclusion of safe and legal abortion in a “basic package” of health services and protection from gender-based violence. The declaration also highlights the need to address discrimination based on sexual preferences, race or disability.
Here are a number of other proposals the youth leaders called on governments to fulfill:
- Universal access to a high quality, affordable and comprehensive package of basic health, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health care services.
- Universal access to free and quality education at all levels, backed by access to funds to support other needs related to education.
- Eliminate traditional harmful practices, including early and forced marriage, forced circumcision and genital mutilation, and gender-based violence.
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