Leaving no youth behind
Young people are diverse. Each faces distinct and unique challenges.Think of adolescent girls, young LGBTQI, drug users, sex workers, migrants, refugees, indigenous people, and young people living with disabilities, HIV or AIDS, in poverty, and in (post-)conflict areas.To leave no youth behind, we must reach all young people equally and equitably.
- I will contribute to a five-yearly Global Report on Youth in the 2030 Agenda (2020, 2025, 2030), and make sure that the unique needs of young people and adolescents furthest behind are articulated and monitored.
- I will collect disaggregated data among adolescents (10-19) in two-year intervals, while respecting their confidentiality and privacy.
- I will work to repeal discriminatory laws and policies that entrench inequalities, and impede access to education, health services and economic opportunities.
Meaningful youth participation
Young people, in all their diversity, need to be empowered to take an active role in decision making at all levels of policy, legal or programme development. The results of such an inclusive process are more likely to have a positive effect on their lives. Participation is meaningful when young people engage on equal terms, receive appropriate training, and share decision making power with adults.
- I will appoint a ‘young SDG envoy’, and facilitate his/her participation in my government’s delegation to future HLPFs, as well as in regional and national reviews.
- I will fund youth-led and youth-serving organisations, to support their involvement in SDG implementation, monitoring and review.
- I will analyse the current state of meaningful youth participation in my ministry/organisation/programme, and will develop a plan to increase the involvement of a diverse group of young people.
- As an adult, I will engage in and encourage youth-adult partnerships that are based on equality and mutual respect. I will also dedicate space and time in developing my own, and young people’s capacity for meaningful dialogue and partnership.
Youth employment and entrepreneurship (SDG 8)
Global youth unemployment rate is at 13% - that is higher than for other age groups. Economic crises, unemployment, and low-quality and poorly-paid jobs disproportionately affect young people, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Targeted policies are needed to reduce the gap between education and work, as well as to ensure that jobs are decent and secure.
- I will invest in a smoother transition of young people from education to work, offering technical education and training, work-experience schemes and on-the-job training.
- I will offer quality and paid internships to young people for skills building, and ensure decent labour arrangements.
- I will review my organisation’s HR manual and propose youth-friendly and non-discriminatory policies/programmes that generate youth employment, and support for their career development.
- I will make it friendly and accessible for young people to start and operate a business.
Young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SDG 3 and 5)
Many young people and adolescents “face significant discrimination and barriers in accessing the information, services and goods needed to protect their sexual and reproductive health”. This results in human rights violations, and negatively impacts upon their participation in society.
- I will explicitly address the respect, promotion and fulfilment of young people’s SRHR in my monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- I will contribute to an accelerated HIV and AIDS response for adolescents, to ensure that they are no longer the age group disproportionally affected.
- I will invest in activities that improve access to youth-friendly health services.
- I will take concrete actions to fight harmful traditional practices, such as child, early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation/cutting.
Young people’s education (SDG 4)
Millions of young people, in particular girls and the marginalised youth, continue to be denied of their right to education.
Increasing access to education is among the surest methods of breaking inter-generational poverty, and reducing inequality and marginalisation.
- I will ensure that every young person receives quality education (primary, secondary and tertiary/vocational), and that girls enjoy the same opportunities as boys.
- I will include young people in the development and review of school curricula.
- I will include comprehensive sexuality education in the national curriculum, and ensure that out-of-school youth have access to such education.
** This Action Agenda was first presented at a roundtable discussion organised by the Right Here Right Now Strategic Partnership at New York. The discussion was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN last 18 July 2016 **
- Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Asia Pacific
- CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, the Netherlands
- dance4life, the Netherlands
- Hivos, the Netherlands
- IPPF Africa Region, Africa
- Latin American and Carribean Women's Health Network (LACWHN), Latin America and Carribean
- Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Malawi
- P&D Factor, Portugal
- ASTRA Network Central and Eastern Europe
- BOCS Foundation
- Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), Global
- AWAZCDS, Pakistan
- Rutgers the Netherlands
- Rutgers Pakistan
- Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Global
- National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
- Red Nacional de Jóvenes y Adolescentes por la Salud Sexual y Reproductiva (RedNAC)
- Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), Argentina
- Center for Women Policy Studies
- Women Deliver Global
- Family Planning Alliance New Zealand
- Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA), Asia Pacific
- Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), Italy
- Väestöliitto – Family Federation of Finland
- SEXUAL Health Switzerland
- Equipop, France
- Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR, the Netherlands
- Simavi, Netherlands
- Countdown 2030 Europe
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Global
- Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), Botswana
- Sex og Politikk, Norway
- Youth Impact for Sustainable Development, Togo
- Danish Family Planning Organization (DFPA), Denmark
- Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkuerng (DSW), Germany
- Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
- Women's Rights Centre Suriname, Surinam
- Yunnan Health and Development Research Association (YHDRA), China
- Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal
- GARJAN, Nepal
- Hope for Future Generations, Ghana
- SERAC, Bangladesh
- Youth Advocacy Network (YAN), Pakistan
- Family Planning Alliance Australia
- WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, the Netherlands
- Center for People's Development, Surinam
- International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), Global
- Youth Sexual Awareness for Europe (YSAFE)
- African Women and Child Feature Service, Kenya
- EuroNGOs, Europe
- IPPF SAR, South Asia
- YP Foundation, India
- RESPOPDEV, Senegal
- AfriYAN, Africa
- AfriYAN girls, Africa
- Reaccion Climatica, Bolivia
- Aliansi Remaja Independen (Independent Young people Alliance/ARI), Indonesia
- Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), Kenya
- Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA), Kenya
- Family Planning Association (FPA) Sri Lanka
- STOP AIDS NOW, the Netherlands
- CHANGE, United States
- Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), Tunisia
- Liz Maguire (individual), Global Reproductive Health and Rights Advisor; Former President and CEO of Ipas
- Ines Fernandes (individual), Youth Board Member P&D Factor
- Alice Junqueira (individual)
- Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), Tunisia
- Curious Minda, Ghana
- Groupe Tawhida BenCheikh-Pour la Recherche & Action en santé des femmes, Tunisia
- Planned Parenthood Federation of Ghana (PPAG)
- Talent Youth Association (TaYA), Ethiopia
- Women for Women's Human Rights-New Ways, Turkey
- Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive rights, Global
- Rutgers WPF Indonesia
- Espolea A.C.
- ACT! 2015 México
- YouAct, European Youth Network on SRHR, Europe
- Rebecca van Roemburg (individual), the Netherlands
- Muvubuka Agunjuse ASRH
- Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, Kenya
- Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA), United States
- Children of the World Foundation (COW), Uganda
- African Gender and Media Initiative, Kenya
- Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA), Uganda
- Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Canada
- Rutgers Uganda
- Young Women's Leadership Institute (YWLI), Kenya
- Pravah, India
- ASTRA Network, Central and Eastern Europe
- International Campaign for Women's Rights to Safe Abortion, Global
- Y-PEER Network, Global
- MenEngage Alliance, United States