What happens when more than 25 youth activists gather in one place?
We were so excited to be part of the preparation meeting on the upcoming CPD meeting being held on April 2012. The IPPF ESEAOR Youth network got a chance to attend this preparation meeting held on the 9th – 10th February 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand and take part in the preparation process.
Youth activists from regional and grass root levels; coming from cross sectional SRHR areas, including feminism, human rights, sustainable development and HIV and AIDS shared their ideas and undertook planning for the next CPD meeting in New York!
The United Nations Commission on Population and Development will conduct its annual meeting on 23rd – 27th April 2012 in New York. The meeting will be tasked with following up on the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD PoA).
This year, the theme is ‘Adolescents and Youth’. This topic could be very sensitive, particularly in the Asia and Pacific region, since the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people tend to be neglected and tabooed.
This meeting is being seen as the avenue for young people working in SRHR to advocate for youth’s rights. Since the Commission will monitor, review, and assess the implementation of the Programme of Action at the national, regional, and international levels, a well-organized and strong advocacy plan should be made to advocate for progressive commitments from Asian and Pacific governments.
A lot of topics were discussed during this meeting. On the first day, we started the meeting with a discussion on ICPD 101. In this session, we mapped out the timeline of regional and international events related to SRHR and its links to youth participation, young people and adolescent’s SRHR, progress on PoA in Asia and the Pacific, and why young people should participate in these events.
In the afternoon, there were sessions on political landscaping of young people and adolescent’s issues in regards to the ICPD+20 and CPD 2012 process, with presentations from some organizations on three main topics:
- How comprehensive is comprehensive sexuality education?
- Giving meaning to youth friendly services
- Mapping the key priorities issue in Asia Pacific in relation with youth’s SRHR
On the second day, the meeting was focused more on advocacy effort and sharing by the participants. It was revealed that most of the participants have been involved in regional and global conferences but lack information about the UN process(es).
Therefore, a coalition of young people particularly mobilization on a national and regional level is important to provide input and key messages which will represent the youth perspective no matter where they are, and whether or not they attend the CPD.
In terms of follow up actions, we have agreed to do some joint works such as finalizing the briefing package to ensure young people from Asia Pacific will be able to meaningfully get involved with CPD 2012 session processes and make the advocacy statement specifically from the current realities of young people in the Asia Pacific region. We agreed that the statement should reflect the diversity of the young people with the emphasis on advancing young people’s SRHR and linking with climate justice, human rights, gender equity, and mainstream health financing to achieve sustainable development plans.
Are you interested to know more about this process? We’ll keep you updated! 😀