2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change

Participants of the 2014 PMNCH Partners’ Forum parallel session 4B on” Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change” were introduced to various examples of youth led programmes and their impact on health policy and outcomes. The session highlighted the need to invest in adolescent girls by ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, by strengthening their education, ensuring their safety, promoting their representation and increasing the economic and employment opportunities.

Youth panellists sharing their experience, highlighted the success of peer education programmes aimed at improving Sexual Reproduction Health and Rights outcomes. They pointed to the ability of youth organizations to understand youth health service needs and to their ability to communicate to youth in a way that they can understand the messages. They shared their experiences of successful advocacy to African Union Heads of States for the uptake of youth priorities in the Common African Position, pointing to important and under discussed issues in the region including the need for services for adolescents who have fallen pregnant and wish to keep their children.

Youth panellists also noted the relevance of youth voices in the Post 2015 dialogue as they felt strongly that the development framework in 15 years will be relevant for the youth of today. They highlighted the need for a more inclusive process with a view to yielding a human rights based framework that captures youth priorities across all sectors including health, education, employment, and gender among others. The need to treat youth as a heterogeneous group with a focus on the most vulnerable populations was also stressed.

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals