Sexual and reproductive rights in Post-2015 Agenda
2015 is a date that appears with even more frequency in international matters and in particular those related to the world of cooperation and social equality. As with all the deadlines it could also represent the beginning of a new course of events because the world leaders don’t want to be caught unprepared. In 2012 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon established an high level panel, a task team and an open working group. The goal of these groups is to define a new agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals, drawn up in 2000 and which are going to expire exactly in 2015. The objective is to combine the Sustainable Development goals, output of Rio+20 Conference, and the general key priorities of a global development framework. This process sees a broad involvement of external stakeholders such as civil society organisations, private sector, professors, and scientists. Young people have a big role to play in this setting too, but it’s essential for us to make our voices heard, to bring our issues and requests to the round tables, and to speak to decision-makers.
The 5 blogs, available on www.youthcoalition.org/resources/yc-publications/blogs/, are written with this spirit by the participants to the Global Strategy Meeting for young activists involved in the Post-2015 discussions , organised by Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) in Honk Kong between June 27th and 29th. This international organisation of young people (ages 18-29 years) is dedicated to promote and to ensure the respect of sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent and youth at national and international levels. They noted that at a global level the topic of health does not often reflected the needs of young people whom are not adequately taken into account. At the same time sexual and reproductive rights are often considered highly controversial and obstructed for many governments, but they are clearly connected to the topic of the health and they should be a priority for young people who live in societies both in which they become sexual active earlier and earlier or where there’s a lack of awareness and information. In addition, the link between them and development issues is not hard to trace since a world in which everyone can freely and consciously choose how to live his/her own sexuality would be for sure a better and more equal world. For this reason it is important to encourage youths to play an active role and fix some common priorities in order to increase the weight of their demands and make their voices louder. In Kelly Thompson’s blog (www.youthcoalition.org/publication/ygsm-blog-kt/) you can find practical and useful tips to get deeper involved and act sincerely.