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Supplement on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Journal of Adolescent Health

The 56th issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health includes a supplement devoted to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. The articles in the supplement are related to sexuality education, health services, sexual violence and youth leadership.

The supplement is available to download here.

Source: Journal of Adolescent Health

First results of MY World global survey

MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and partners. It aims to collect people’s voices and priorities, so that global leaders can be informed as they are in the process of defining the new development agenda. In the survey, individuals are asked to choose six of sixteen priorities which they regard as most important in their lives.

On 12th December the UN Millennium Campaign partnered with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to present a special report ‘We the Peoples - Celebrating 7 Million Voices’, showing the latest results of the survey. So far 7 million responses were collected and 77% of respondents were people under 30 years old. The most important priorities identified are: a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities – areas crucial for young people. The latest data is available here.

MY World survey is still accessible to vote here.

Source: My World, UN

All in for Adolescents

UNAIDS and the United Nations Children’s Fund convened the consultation on challenges adolescents face regarding HIV/AIDS. The meeting was held in Geneva, from 3 to 5 December and gathered around 50 activists from youth networks, governments, implementers, donors and UNAIDS cosponsors. The participants reviewed the results framework to measure progress and establish a strategy to effectively improve young people’s situation. The final result of the meeting was the action plan outlining the most important efforts which are necessary to be undertaken.

Source: UNAIDS

Call to action: #UpsideDownfie – photo action on ending violence against women and girls

On Human Rights Day UNFPA has launched another stage of the general Show Your Selfie campaign:  #showyourselfie mini – campaign on ending violence against women and girls.

From 10 December ­until 20 January people are asked to take an UpsideDownfie to call on people to turn violence and harmful practices against women and girls on their head.

Sharing the picture is possible either on Twitter or Instagram by using #showyourselfie, or by uploading the photo directly to www.showyourselfie.org.

The #showyourselfie campaign has now collected over 11,000 selfies to support the rights of young people. To express further support for young people, the set of mini-campaigns will be conducted.

The timetable for all mini-campaigns may be found below: 

  • Protection from Violence: 10 December - 20 January
  • Health (access to contraception/sexuality education): 21 January - 7 March
  • The Power of the Adolescent Girl: 8 March - 19 April
  • Education: 20 April - 1 June
  • Employment: 1 June - 13 July  
  • Participation in decision-making: 14 July - 25 August

The toolkit on the campaign is accessible here.

Source: ShowYourSelfie

The UN Secretary General's Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda now available

An advanced unedited copy of the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report was released on December 5th. The report prepares the ground for the last phase of work before the adoption of the new development agenda. It represents a key milestone as member states will use it as the base for the negotiations.

Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders are invited to submit their official responses to the report to a central online repository via this online form hereLinks to all submissions will be published live as they are received here.

The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet Synthesis Report of the Secretary-GeneralOn the Post-2015 Agenda (download it here)

Secretary-General remarks to the General Assembly on the Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda, 4 December 2014 click here.

Secretary-General's remarks at press encounter after briefing the General Assembly on the Synthesis Report, 4 December 2014, clickhere.

Follow hashtag #SythesisReport to see some comments on Twitter to the report.

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