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#SDGs4youth Action Agenda

In commemoration of International Youth Day 2016, we draw your attention to the five-point action agenda we presented in New York during the activities of the UN High-level Political Forum. Endorsed by 93 organisations and individuals, feel free to share our action agenda to your networks, or check out what you or your organisation can do to bring out the leadership qualities of the youth.

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Action Agenda

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 **

Endorsed by: 

  1. Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Asia Pacific
  2. CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, the Netherlands
  3. dance4life, the Netherlands
  4. Hivos, the Netherlands
  5. IPPF Africa Region, Africa
  6. Latin American and Carribean Women's Health Network (LACWHN), Latin America and Carribean
  7. Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Malawi
  8. P&D Factor, Portugal
  9. ASTRA Network Central and Eastern Europe
  10. BOCS Foundation            
  11. Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), Global
  12. AWAZCDS, Pakistan
  13. Rutgers the Netherlands             
  14. Rutgers Pakistan
  15. Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Global
  16. National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
  17. Red Nacional de Jóvenes y Adolescentes por la Salud Sexual y Reproductiva (RedNAC) 
  18. Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), Argentina
  19. Center for Women Policy Studies            
  20. Women Deliver Global
  21. Family Planning Alliance New Zealand   
  22. Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA), Asia Pacific
  23. Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), Italy
  24. Väestöliitto – Family Federation of Finland          
  25. SEXUAL Health Switzerland        
  26. Equipop, France
  27. Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR, the Netherlands
  28. Simavi, Netherlands
  29. Countdown 2030 Europe             
  30. International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Global
  31. Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), Botswana
  32. Ipas       
  33. Sex og Politikk, Norway
  34. Youth Impact for Sustainable Development, Togo
  35. Danish Family Planning Organization (DFPA), Denmark
  36. Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkuerng (DSW), Germany
  37. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
  38. Women's Rights Centre Suriname, Surinam
  39. Yunnan Health and Development Research Association (YHDRA), China
  40. Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal
  41. GARJAN, Nepal
  42. Hope for Future Generations, Ghana
  43. SERAC, Bangladesh
  44. Youth Advocacy Network (YAN), Pakistan
  45. Family Planning Alliance Australia            
  46. WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, the Netherlands
  47. Center for People's Development, Surinam
  48. International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), Global
  49. Youth Sexual Awareness for Europe (YSAFE)      
  50. African Women and Child Feature Service, Kenya
  51. EuroNGOs, Europe
  52. IPPF SAR, South Asia
  53. YP Foundation, India
  54. RESPOPDEV, Senegal
  55. AfriYAN, Africa
  56. AfriYAN girls, Africa
  57. Reaccion Climatica, Bolivia
  58. Aliansi Remaja Independen (Independent Young people Alliance/ARI), Indonesia
  59. Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), Kenya
  60. Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA), Kenya
  61. Family Planning Association (FPA) Sri Lanka         
  62. STOP AIDS NOW, the Netherlands
  63. CHANGE, United States
  64. Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), Tunisia
  65. Liz Maguire (individual), Global Reproductive Health and Rights Advisor; Former President and CEO of Ipas
  66. Ines Fernandes (individual), Youth Board Member P&D Factor
  67. Alice Junqueira (individual)          
  68. Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), Tunisia
  69. Curious Minda, Ghana
  70. Groupe Tawhida BenCheikh-Pour la Recherche & Action en santé des femmes, Tunisia
  71. Planned Parenthood Federation of Ghana (PPAG)
  72. Talent Youth Association (TaYA), Ethiopia
  73. Women for Women's Human Rights-New Ways, Turkey
  74. Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive rights, Global
  75. Rutgers WPF Indonesia
  76. Espolea A.C.
  77. ACT! 2015 México
  78. YouAct, European Youth Network on SRHR, Europe
  79. Rebecca van Roemburg (individual), the Netherlands
  80. Muvubuka Agunjuse ASRH
  81. Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, Kenya
  82. Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA), United States
  83. Children of the World Foundation (COW), Uganda
  84. African Gender and Media Initiative, Kenya
  85. Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA), Uganda
  86. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Canada
  87. Rutgers Uganda
  88. Young Women's Leadership Institute (YWLI), Kenya
  89. Pravah, India
  90. ASTRA Network, Central and Eastern Europe
  91. International Campaign for Women's Rights to Safe Abortion, Global
  92. Y-PEER Network, Global
  93. MenEngage Alliance, United States

High-level Political Forum 2016

On 11-20 July 2016, the world’s leaders and civil society will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York for the first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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