19th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development
Engaging young people is essential for inclusive and sustainable development. The ICPD Programme of Action recognized sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as critical to empowering adolescents and young people. However, progress towards young people’s SRHR and their access to essential services is hampered by multiple barriers. To highlight some key figures: 12 million girls under 18 are married each year, 3 million girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) annually, and about 1 in 10 girls has experienced sexual and gender-based violence at some point in her life.
The upcoming International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development will highlight to what extent young people are able to enjoy a level of SRHR consistent with the vision outlined in the ICPD Programme of Action and the Agenda 2030. Bringing together key stakeholders from different regions and sectors, the discussion forum will explore challenges, opportunities and good practice approaches for addressing young people’s SRHR.