2014 Partners' Forum

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

Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum

Over 100 youth representatives gathered in Johannesburg on 29 June in a pre-forum meeting aimed at identifying youth recommendations for improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and for integrating youth issues into the Post 2015 dialogue.

The session included presentation on youth related RMNCH issues which identified the need for strategies aimed at addressing child marriage, lack of girls’ education, malnutrition, sexual and other types of violence against girls and lack of access to health information and services – including family planning. This was followed by a presentation of the results of ongoing research on the reflection of youth priorities in the Post 2015 discussions, which find that while there has been an increased ask for youth position statements, and while these various position statements reflect similar priorities, there continues to be little integration of key adolescent health issues in the existing Post 2015 documents, particularly around issues such as sexual rights, abortion, sexual education and youth friendly services.

Youth taking part in the meeting identified critical actions that members of the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health community, including the PMNCH should undertake to improve health outcomes. They also identified critical areas for advocacy in the Post 2015 development agenda. These are reflected in the youth pre-forum outcome document.

Following the pre-forum and forum, youth also made commitments on steps they plan to take to implement learnings from the conference and advocate for youth priorities in Post 2015.

  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