Luis Enrique Pérez Méndez, from Puebla, Mexico and ACT!2030 Mexico, reflects on a national ACT!2030 training workshop which brought together 60 young people from all over the country to strategise on youth-led accountability for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read the blog in English and Spanish!
by Mariel Godoy, Mexico City
Participar en el Taller “Datos para la Incidencia” de ACT!2030 ha sido una experiencia inigualable. Tuve la oportunidad de conocer a muchas personas de toda la República Mexicana, a quienes nos unían distintas causas en común, en especial la de generar cambios y avances en materia de salud sexual y reproductiva. ¡Eso sí que me motivó a participar activamente durante todo el taller!
by Francisco Diaz, from Chihuahua, Mexico, and the ACT!2030 Mexico Alliance
Del 6 al 8 de octubre se llevó a cabo el taller “Datos para la Incidencia”, organizado por ACT!2030 México, aquí participamos personas que colaboramos en organizaciones de la sociedad civil relacionados a temas de prevención de VIH y Sida, otras infecciones de transmisión sexual, derechos sexuales y reproductivos. El objetivo fue tener información reciente y relevante en torno al VIH y trabajar desde esa mirada con problemáticas regionales que aquejan nuestras comunidades, en este sentido generamos, entre otras cosas, un ejercicio de protocolo de investigación.
by Rubén Ávila from Nuevo León, México, and the ACT!2030 Mexico Alliance
La fecha llegó y desde diferentes partes del país emprendimos nuestro camino al centro, donde suceden muchas cosas. Comenzamos a llegar, muchas no nos conocíamos, otras no teníamos muy claro el objetivo de lo que nos reunía, pero todas con la mejor actitud de compartir, reencontrarnos y construir entre pares.
Empezaron las actividades temprano, dialogando sobre la situación actual de temas como los ODS, la salud sexual y reproductiva, diversidad sexual, VIH, servicios de salud amigables para jóvenes, participación juvenil en la toma de decisiones, entre otros temas de interés para nosotras.
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.
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