14 July 2017
As part of ACT!2030 (formerly known as Act!2015), a global youth initiative led by The PACT and national youth alliances (representing 13 countries), with support from UNAIDS, young people are committing to establish youth-led and data-driven accountability mechanisms in focus countries for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights through indicator advocacy, evidence gathering, communications and global exchange and visibility. As a result, youth partners will develop national indicator advocacy roadmaps, create national databases and translate data into communication packages for advocacy, and facilitate global exchange across countries and regions at high-level and politically strategic meetings. The phase of this initiative starts September 2015 and closes December 2017. As a result, we expect to find: increased visibility and recognition of youth‐led accountability at national, regional and global meetings; effective global, regional and national coordination and coherence across youth organisations; governments adopt policies and provide resources for SRHR and HIV that are youth responsive, including comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly services; and, national‐youth led accountability mechanisms are adopted into national level governance structures for monitoring and implementation of the SDGs.
In 2016 we have continued to strengthen our national youth alliances, building capacity around advocacy, accountability, SRHR and research through a global meeting in Delhi and through webinars. Each youth alliance has selected a key barrier to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, including lack of comprehensive sexuality education, age of consent laws, and unavailability of youth-friendly health services. Throughout 2017, youth alliances will be collecting data from their community on this focus area and using this to advocate for policy change.