Partners in Population and Development unveil new roadmap for adolescents and youth
The Delhi Declaration acknowledges the strategic value of Partners in Population and Development, which currently includes 26 member countries currently representing nearly 60% of the world’s population, to the attainment of national, regional and global goals on health, population and sustainable development through South-South Cooperation. It emphasizes the importance of demographic dividend as a critical window of opportunity for improving equitable population, health and socioeconomic outcomes, with a focus on investments and appropriate alignment of national legislation, policies and resource allocation for adolescents and youth, as well as older people.
With the Delhi Declaration, the member countries have agreed to:
- create an enabling environment, through laws, policies and entitlements, for children, adolescents, youth, women and men across the life course to realize their rights;
- accord the highest priority to institutionalize investments in the demographic dividend by integrating population issues into national development plans across sectors, including health; nutrition; education and skills development; employment for inclusive economic participation and resilience;
- commit to develop comprehensive, multi-sectoral plans to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls and ending gender inequality and discrimination in laws (formal and customary) and in policies; and
- recognize the importance of sexual and reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health services, as well as the importance of engaging men and boys, as entry points to address violence against women and girls.
PPD’s members comprise 26 low and middle income/developing countries having more than 58% of the world’s population. These include Bangladesh, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe from the four regions (Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and Caribbean). PPD’s