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 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 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.
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."
By Hayley Gleeson and Ruben Pages
Over the past decade, we have made significant progress to advance girls’ rights to education, health, and security. Today, girls are more likely than ever to be in school, and to have access to life-saving health services including vaccinations. However, there is still much to be done. Girls are still born into a world where they face many layers of social and political disadvantage and discrimination. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark blueprint for advancing women’s rights, was adopted in 1995 and brought these issues to the global stage - but in 2014, marking its 20th anniversary, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged that “overall progress (...) has been unacceptably slow, with stagnation and even regression in some contexts. Change towards gender equality has not been deep enough, nor has it been irreversible.”
Tracking Progress Towards 2030: Young people driving accountability for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has established an ambitious action plan to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and to tackle climate change. Measuring the success of its implementation requires a renewed and strengthened global partnership to monitor progress. Young people’s meaningful engagement in accountability mechanisms is critical to ensure that their needs will be properly addressed and that their rights will be realized.
The global ACT!2015 meeting: Tracking Progress Towards 2030 held in Lusaka, Zambia from 7-11 December 2015, brought together youth representatives of national alliances to build capacity on Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and indicator processes to ensure indicators on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV are adopted in country and global reporting mechanisms.
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.