The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is approaching its 20th anniversary. In 2014, advocates, governments, and experts will come together to assess our progress since the landmark ICPD Cairo took place in 1994. ICPD+20 will review the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and will influence the future of global population and development policy at national, regional, and global levels.

A critical aspect of this review is the ICPD Global Youth Forum. This forum, which will take place December 4-6, 2012, in Bali, Indonesia, will include nearly 1000 youth leaders from every country.

According to the UN: “Representing the 43% of the world’s population under age 25, they will convene in Bali to develop official recommendations for the United Nations Development agenda. But they will not be the only ones contributing. Around the world, youth leaders will connect locally and electronically to provide a shared response to the social, economic and human rights challenges and opportunities faced by their generation. This is the moment when the 43% take control of our shared future.”

There are a five key issues for which the Forum will develop global recommendations:

  • Staying Healthy: Creating communities, policies and services that respect individual health needs and human rights, ensuring every young person achieves their full potential.
  • Comprehensive Education: Providing all young people, regardless of gender, disability, race or economic status, with good quality education so that they are empowered to be active citizens
  • Transitions to decent employment for youth: Overcoming the challenges of youth unemployment and harnessing the potential of youth to drive development that creates a healthier, more equal and more sustainable world for everyone.
  • Sexuality, Families and Rights: Exploring the relationship between sexuality, family formation and sexual and reproductive health and human rights amongst adolescents and youth or family planning as a part of protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Fully Inclusive CIVIC participation: Supporting and building the capacity of youth leaders and the ability of governments, institutions and businesses to work collaboratively to create a more equal, more sustainable planet.

While the delegates and experts have already been chosen, YOU can be part of the conversation! HERE are some ways that you can participate in the Bali Global Youth Forum:

We will be posting regular updates in the coming weeks AND we will be posting content LIVE FROM BALI so stay tuned! 

 

Written by Youthpolicy Team

Youthpolicy Team

At youthpolicy.org, we are building a global evidence-base for youth policy. We are published by Youth Policy Press, a global publishing house on youth issues. We generate and consolidate knowledge and information on youth policies; critically report from and about global youth events; and more. Email us at curious@youthpolicy.org.