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.
Recognising that young people in the AIDS response have strong experience in advocacy, the training focused on building technical knowledge on Monitoring & Evaluation processes. Young people also mapped accountability ‘ecosystems’ to ensure that no one left is behind in the AIDS response in the monitoring of the SDGs at country level. As a result, participants will host national trainings with key youth partners, with support from UNAIDS, to build an effective knowledge-based advocacy strategy that influences country-level indicator processes.
ACT!2015 is a social mobilisation initiative, led by The PACT with support from UNAIDS, that supports young people and particularly national youth alliances in 12 countries, to ensure governments adopt and allocate resources for young people’s SRHR including comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ultimate goal is that decision makers adopt and track progress on these indicators in national and global reporting mechanisms with the meaningful engagement of young people.
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.