In honour of International Youth Day, Tania Martínez, coordinator of ACT!2030 Mexico, looks back on the ECOSOC Youth Forum which took place in January 2017.
ACT!2030 participated in the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva in May, and we were lucky enough to participate in the 3rd annual Global Citizens' Hearing, "Citizen-led accountability to achieve health for all: adolescents as agents of change". This event was organised by IPPF, Save the Children, the White Ribbon Alliance, World Vision and supported by Canada, and co-sponsored by the governments of Afghanistan, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Uruguay as well as UNAIDS, UNFPA and PMNCH. It was great to see so much high level support for youth-led accountability! We were represented on this panel by Jona Turalde from ACT!2030 Philippines. You can read her full intervention below.
ACT!2030 and The PACT were very present at the 70th World Health Assembly, held in Geneva from 22nd - 29th May 2017 - read more about our engagements!
by Hazel Hannah Von S. Tabelin
On the third of May, at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University around two to three in the afternoon, people from different ages, genders, and backgrounds came to support an important event. It was the time where Ms. Universe 2015 and social media icon, Pia Wurtzbach, officially joins the UNAIDS as a Goodwill Ambassador to advocate for reproductive health rights for the youth and the LGBTQ community. Many members of ACT!2030 were also present to share knowledge regarding HIV and AIDS cases in the Philippines by setting up their own booth filled with games and prizes.
Levi Singh, from the South African ACT!2030 youth alliance, reflects on his experience at the 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development in New York City.
I remember the events of the 48th UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) quite vividly: South Africa was the chair of the G77 + China, and negotiations stretched on late into the night during all 5 days of the formal negotiations - but despite this, no formal agreement was reached.
The 50th Session of the CPD took place in New York from 3-7 April 2017, and again countries struggled to come to a consensus. It was the second time in three years that the commission could not reach a negotiated consensus resolution agreed by all Member States.
by Anthony Lopez, ACT!2030 Philippines
Speaking about goals in life is very difficult for a lot of people. But, talking about the world’s goals to alleviate poverty is a much more serious, and sometimes, head breaking task for many.
However, 50 young people from all over Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok, Thailand from March 23-25, 2017 to talk about just that.
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day which brings attention to the global oppression of transgender people and our increased risk of abuse, violence, and discrimination. This blog is written by Renae Green, member of ACT! 2030 Jamaica. Renae is a 25 year old human and Trans rights advocate currently working as a volunteer with the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), an organization that advocates for the Sexual and Reproductive health rights (SRHR) of Jamaican youth.
by Ashley Ngwenya, youth advocate from ACT!2030 Zimbabwe
I have come to the conclusion that true moments of a life time are those that we remember with such precise detail way beyond their time of occurrence. See, I experienced the first of such moments in my life a month plus ago, yet I can relive it all with such an effort-free gesture as closing my eyes! For me it was not chance but destiny, not convenience but design - for the tool of my service was bestowed upon me from birth… I laugh out loud then halt in awe of destiny as I remember my first academic report that described me as a chatter box 20 years ago as I was leaving preschool. Fast forward to 2017 , United States of America and the chatter box is no longer just a chatter box but an emissary for young people seated at the United Nations headquarters in New York at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, kicking staring her dream with salutations as simple as:
"It is a pleasant day to you all my name is Ashley Ngwenya."
March 1 is Zero Discrimination Day - a time for everyone to stand up for our rights and to speak out on how stigma and discrimination impacts lives all over the world. Today we bring you two examples from ACT!2030 alliances in Uganda and Algeria on how young people are working to fight discrimination and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and equality for all young people.
The sixth annual Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was held on 30-31 January 2017 in New York City, around the theme of “the role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world.” The Youth Forum is an important platform for youth advocates and youth organisations to contribute to policy discussions at the UN, and engage in dialogue with Member States about how young people can play an active and participatory role in development, and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda worldwide.
ACT!2030, an initiative led by UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and The PACT, was prominently showcased throughout the Forum as a trailblazer for youth-led, data driven accountability on the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Political Declaration on HIV, with seven young people from Bulgaria, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, and Zimbabwe attending alongside representatives from UNAIDS and IPPF.
Views and opinions expressed in these blogs are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent those of the organizations that support this initiative, nor is the publishing of these blogs an endorsement. This space is provided for youth advocates to freely express their views on issues that affect them and relate to their work.