Category : Naya Blog
By Mbaja Brenda
Senior Youth Advocate
Adolescents and young people account for 1.8 billion people in the world! Countries have realized that we cannot realize sustainable development without meaningfully involving these young people.
A Population Commission was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in October 1946. The General Assembly decided that, the Commission’s primary role will be the follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and would monitor, review and assess the implementation of the Programme of Action at the national, regional and international levels and advise the council.
Every year the commission meets and an outcome document is developed that each country has to implement. This year marked a special year when the world is discussing the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 development agenda.
I was honored to be accredited by ECOSOC to attend the 48th session of CPD under the theme, Realizing the Future we want: Integrating population issues into sustainable development including post 2015 Agenda
My role as a youth advocate was to advocate and lobby to ensure that delegates understood the importance of meaningful youth participation and that the outcome document will have a strong paragraph on issues affecting the adolescents and youths including sexual reproductive health and rights.
We, adolescents and young people, were there at CPD to remind the governments of the past, the present and the future. Human rights for all must be at the core of any development agenda.
I had the privileged to be involved in a side event that was moderated over by Mr. Ahmed Alhandewi, the UN secretary general envoy on youth. The discussion was on youth and CPD and the impact it has had on the young people and how to face the next phase of global development to achieve the set targets.
There is huge hope in the post 2015 Development agenda!
The link bellow contains the speech I made.
I also had the privilege of talking about CPD and youth on the UN Radio Kiswahili about The need to involve youths in development
“We, young people can be more than number of female genital mutilation victims, or percentages of teenage pregnancies. They can be more than new HIV/AIDS infections or just number of unsafe abortion cases gone sour. They can be just people, people looking forward to a better tomorrow, healthy people waiting to take the world into a new realm of uninterrupted and accelerated global development”- NAYA.
Word hard and play HARDER!
Still after the conference I had opportunity to visit and see what is in the big apple, a city of concrete and all that I experience and saw will forever be inscribed in my heart.
CPD48 was the ultimate experience!