UNFPA calls for development goal for youth in post -2015 agenda


London, 11th July 2012. London Summit on Family PlanningAs the third international conference on family planning concludes its sitting  in Addis Ababa, the  UNFPA has called for a refocusing  on youth in the post-2015 agenda.

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This is contained in a statement signed by Ms Leah Sandals, Senior Associate, Global Health Strategies in Addis Ababa on Friday.

The statement quotes Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, as saying that young people are a vital force that must be in front and centre of the global agenda.

“To achieve genuine development, we must transform our approach with and for young people,young women and girls in particular.

“Young people are drivers of change. They must have the choices and tools to fully participate in development, realise their potential, and contribute to their societies,” the statement quotes Osotimehin as saying.

He said that universal access to rights-based sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, was a key step to empowering young people.

“Adolescents are subjected to our double standards, and for girls in particular the consequences are grave.

“They are not old enough to drive yet old enough to be a parent? They are not old enough to vote yet old enough to be married,.Old enough to be pregnant yet not old enough to have full access to sexuality education or contraceptives.

“Let us be clear, there can be no room for motherhood in childhood and we cannot continue to deprive young people of their rights to sexual and reproductive health,”  he said.

He commended the civil society, technical experts and government representatives who are working to achieve significant progress in family planning.

He said UNFPA had helped countries develop policies and programmes to ensure availability of sexual and reproductive health information and services, realise gender equality, and expand capabilities that young people required for employment, health, resilience, participation and citizenship.

“Together we are creating the conditions for the realisation of the demographic dividend by investing in equitable and high-quality access to rights-based reproductive health and reproductive rights.

“This will then allow girls to stay in school, to decide if and when they want to marry or have children, and will allow them to develop the skills and capabilities to be active as leaders.

“By empowering this generation we will be able to bridge the world into a better future,” Osotimehin.said(NAN)

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