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.