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Young People Speak up for their Sexual and Reproductive Rights at 47th CPD

Over 100 young people from across the globe came together during the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) to let governments know that their sexual and reproductive rights are non-negotiable.

The weeklong Commission, which ended early Saturday morning, was convened at the UN headquarters in New York to assess 20 years of progress since the groundbreaking agreements made at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994. At Cairo, 179 governments agreed that women’s health and rights—specifically sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights—must be central to global development policies, programs, and funding, and are the key to reducing the social and economic inequalities that exist worldwide.

Throughout the week, young people representing civil society from all regions and diversities spoke up on sexual and reproductive rights issues ranging from comprehensive sexuality education to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services; access to safe and legal abortion; and recognition of the human rights of all people, including young people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

There was a strong presence online and offline, with young people participating in and leading side events on youth participation, advancing youth sexual and reproductive health, and acknowledging young people’s sexual and reproductive rights in the post-2015 development framework as well as presenting eight oral statements to the Commission.

“20 years beyond Cairo, it’s unacceptable for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights to be deemed ‘too controversial.’ It is deeply disappointing to hear calls from governments for a procedural resolution instead of one that fully elaborates on key issues relevant to our lives,” said Nur Hidayati Handayani representing the Youth Caucus during an oral statement presented on the opening day of the CPD.

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New publication – ASTRA Youth Brief on Youth SRHR

ASTRA Youth in cooperation with ARROW developed a brief on adolescent and young people’s SRHR in Central and Eastern Europe. It covers the most burning issues of young people and gives a glimpse into the specifics of the region.

Read it here.

ASTRA Youth at the 47th CPD

47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York has just begun. This event is one of the final steps in the ICPD review process before the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on ICPD beyond 2014 in September this year. From the 7-11 April the international community (Member States delegations, experts, civil society) will engage in discussions leading to the negotiated outcome.

ASTRA Youth will be represented by Natalia Broniarczyk from Ponton (Poland) and Daniel Kalajdjieski from HERA (Macedonia). ASTRA will be represented by Milena Kadieva from Gender Alternatives (Bulgaria), Karolina Wieckiewicz from Federation for Women and Family Planning (Poland) and Marta Szostak, ASTRA Coordinator (Poland).

ASTRA and ASTRA Youth prepared a joint statement for this event, which can be accessed here.

ASTRA and ASTRA Youth representatives will participate in various preparatory and strategizing meetings to ensure that civil society speaks with united, strong and progressive voice. ASTRA Youth has also been involved in preparation of the pre-CPD Youth Caucus.

In order to make sure you know what’s going on, please follow ASTRA Youth on Twitter (@ASTRAYouth) and Facebook.

Offical website of 47th CPD

Live stream of the session

Civil society survey on youth priorities

Looking towards the post-2015 agenda, ARROW and Youth Coalition are teaming up to conduct a survey on youth priorities in the Global South. It will be later used to identify  a comprehensive monitoring framework for young people that supports holding governments accountable for their commitments. Input from all regions is needs in order to present a representative, united voice.

To complete an online survey follow the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/youthpost2015

Zero-Draft for the World Conference on Youth 2014

The World Conference on Youth that takes place from 6 to 10 May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is approaching. Therefore the Zero-Draft for the outcomes of the event has been published. The first section is the preamble, the second section is the agreed outcomes and the final section is the post-script. The Appendix is designed to show diversity of views in the discussions and a bases for the discussions and round tables at the conference itself. This document will be a starting point for the later changes developed in discussions.

The Zero-Draft can be accessed on the WCY2014 website.

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