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25th
 September, 2013 
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Outcome of the Youth Pre‐Conference to the Africa Conference on 
Population and Development (ICPD) 
 
Health 
 
1. Governments should renew their commitment and accelerate implementation of the 
Abuja declaration on allocating 15 percent of national budgets on health, with specific 
allocation towards Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programming for all young 
people.  
 
2. Governments  and  development  partners  should  strengthen  youth  engagement  and 
participation  in  national  health  budget  planning,  implementation,  tracking  and 
performance evaluation. 
 
3. Scale up access to comprehensive and youth friendly health information and services 
for young people including marginalized and most at risk groups such as Persons with 
Disabilities, people in rural areas and the urban‐poor through a rights‐based approach 
regardless of sex, age, HIV status or sexual orientation. 
 
4. Scale  up  or  integrate  a  skills‐based,  age‐appropriate,  gender‐sensitive  and  quality 
comprehensive sexuality education for both in and out of school youth, and mobilize 
support among community gatekeepers (parents, religious and traditional leaders). 
 
5. Governments need to increase investments into research and population data to:  
 
 Inform design and implementation of rights‐based health interventions for young 
people, in particular marginalized groups. 
 
 Ensure appropriate allocation of the health budget, especially to adolescent and 
youth SRH programs. 
 
6. Strengthen  male  involvement  as  advocates,  clients  and  partners  on  Sexual 
Reproductive  Health  and  Rights,  including  in  the  promotion  of  gender  equity  and 
safeguarding  sexual  and  reproductive  rights  of  young  women  and  girls  within 
communities. 
 
7. Governments  should  revise  policies  and  laws  that  criminalize  safe  abortion  services 
and  implement  programs  that  ensure  young  women's  access  to  safe  and 
comprehensive abortion care.  
 
   
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8. Ensure  young  people’s  universal  access  to  high  quality  comprehensive  SRH  services 
through the provision of but not limited to: 
 
 Modern  family  planning  methods  including  condoms  and  emergency 
contraceptive. 
 
 Maternal health services. 
 
 Cervical and breast cancer screening. 
 
9. Governments must uphold and protect young people’s sexual and reproductive health 
rights as human rights within national laws, policies and programs.  
 
10. Increase  mobilization  and  participation  of  communities  ‐  specifically  young  people, 
women, religious and traditional leaders ‐ in health policies and programs. 
 
11. Formulate, review and adapt laws and policies that accelerate implementation of SRH 
services for all young people in line with the Maputo Plan of Action and the African 
Youth Charter.  
 
12. Remove  all  legal  barriers  that  hinder  young  people’s  universal  access  to 
comprehensive SRH information, services and commodities.  
 
Education 
 
1. Improve access to a rights‐based education, including formal, informal and non‐formal, 
which meets the needs of all young people including girls and marginalised groups such 
as PWDs, PLHIV, LGBTIs and those living in rural areas through a school environment 
that is conducive, safe and includes appropriate infrastructure, teaching methods and 
materials. 
 
2. Governments should ensure the improvement of educational systems and structures in 
partnership  with  stakeholders  including  civil  society,  the  private  sector  and  young 
people. 
 
3. Governments should increase national budgetary allocation on education at all levels. 
 
4. Governments need to invest in sustainable education that ensures that young people 
are enrolled in and complete basic, secondary and tertiary education including through 
sustained financial support.  
 
5. Scale  up  access  to  comprehensive  education  at  all  levels  which  takes  into  account 
gender inequalities. 
  
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6. Integrate  comprehensive  Sexuality  Education  (CSE)  in  school  curricular  that  involves 
skills, knowledge, attitudes and a gender‐ analytical approach. 
 
7. Regularly monitor and review educational policies and programs to improve quality and 
ensure relevance of education that empowers young people to gain relevant skills for 
employment and livelihoods, including promoting technical, vocational education and 
training (TVET) programs, making use of new technology that is applicable to current 
labour market trends and demands. 
 
8. Provide  regular  and  appropriate  training,  remuneration  and  retention  incentives  for 
teachers to improve the delivery of good quality education. 
 
9. Develop  and  ensure  full  implementation  and  enforcement  of  policies  to  prevent  all 
forms  of  school  based  violence  including  sexual  violence  that  place  emphasis  on 
empowering  students/pupils  on  the  prevention  and  reporting  of  school  based  sexual 
violence and the provision of support to survivors. 
 
10. Governments should ensure inter‐sectorial policy harmonization to ensure progressive 
education for all young people irrespective of their background. 
 
Employment 
 
1. Governments should increase accountability on policies, strategies and laws related to 
youth employment. 
 
2. Governments should create an enabling environment for young people to participate in 
the  development,  implementation  and  review  of  laws  and  policies  related  to  youth 
employment. 
 
3. Governments  in  partnership  with  the  private  sector  and  other  stakeholders  should 
increase  access  to  financial,  technical  and  other  resources  for  young  people  including 
entrepreneurs to provide decent and sustainable employment.  
 
4. Governments in partnership with academia, training institutions and employers should 
conduct regular research and review curricula to reflect labour market needs. 
 
5. Governments should ensure the full enforcement of labour laws that protect the rights 
of  young  people  including  women,  children  and  persons  with  special  needs  in 
employment. 
 
6. Governments in partnership with private sector and other stakeholders should create, 
scale‐up and support mechanisms to provide career guidance programs, mentorship and 
incubation centres for young people. 
  
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7. Governments should support youth contribution as value addition to creative industries 
such  as  the  arts,  music,  entertainment,  information  technology  as  a  means  to  job 
creation.  
 
Inclusive Participation, Security and Governance 
 
1. Governments  should  empower  young  people,  regardless  of  their  backgrounds  and 
status,  to  meaningfully  participate  and  engage  in  all  stages  of  decision  making, 
development  planning  and  implementation  of  all  programmes  and  policies,  using  a 
rights‐based approach. 
 
2. Governments should review the structure and mechanism of the national youth councils 
and  or  youth  parliaments  to  make  them  more  effective  in  pushing  the  youth 
development agenda and facilitate the proportionate representation of young women 
and girls in leadership positions within the youth councils and youth parliaments.  
 
3. Governments in partnership with young people, CSOs and other stakeholders, should 
create a monitoring and accountability mechanism to track government’s commitment 
to population and development issues (including SRHR).   
 
4. Increase the participation of young people and women in governance and leadership 
structures to ensure proportionate representation. 
 
5. African governments should involve young people in concerted and coordinated efforts 
to prevent and respond to conflict and terrorism at national, regional and global level. 
  
6. African governments should establish mechanisms and systems for the prevention of, 
and responses to gender based violence in conflict and post conflict settings and create 
safer public spaces for young people, especially young women and children.  
 
 
 
 

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Outcome statement youth pre-conference africa population conference

  • 1. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  25th  September, 2013  Page | 1     Outcome of the Youth Pre‐Conference to the Africa Conference on  Population and Development (ICPD)    Health    1. Governments should renew their commitment and accelerate implementation of the  Abuja declaration on allocating 15 percent of national budgets on health, with specific  allocation towards Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programming for all young  people.     2. Governments  and  development  partners  should  strengthen  youth  engagement  and  participation  in  national  health  budget  planning,  implementation,  tracking  and  performance evaluation.    3. Scale up access to comprehensive and youth friendly health information and services  for young people including marginalized and most at risk groups such as Persons with  Disabilities, people in rural areas and the urban‐poor through a rights‐based approach  regardless of sex, age, HIV status or sexual orientation.    4. Scale  up  or  integrate  a  skills‐based,  age‐appropriate,  gender‐sensitive  and  quality  comprehensive sexuality education for both in and out of school youth, and mobilize  support among community gatekeepers (parents, religious and traditional leaders).    5. Governments need to increase investments into research and population data to:      Inform design and implementation of rights‐based health interventions for young  people, in particular marginalized groups.     Ensure appropriate allocation of the health budget, especially to adolescent and  youth SRH programs.    6. Strengthen  male  involvement  as  advocates,  clients  and  partners  on  Sexual  Reproductive  Health  and  Rights,  including  in  the  promotion  of  gender  equity  and  safeguarding  sexual  and  reproductive  rights  of  young  women  and  girls  within  communities.    7. Governments  should  revise  policies  and  laws  that  criminalize  safe  abortion  services  and  implement  programs  that  ensure  young  women's  access  to  safe  and  comprehensive abortion care.        
  • 2. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  25th  September, 2013  Page | 2     8. Ensure  young  people’s  universal  access  to  high  quality  comprehensive  SRH  services  through the provision of but not limited to:     Modern  family  planning  methods  including  condoms  and  emergency  contraceptive.     Maternal health services.     Cervical and breast cancer screening.    9. Governments must uphold and protect young people’s sexual and reproductive health  rights as human rights within national laws, policies and programs.     10. Increase  mobilization  and  participation  of  communities  ‐  specifically  young  people,  women, religious and traditional leaders ‐ in health policies and programs.    11. Formulate, review and adapt laws and policies that accelerate implementation of SRH  services for all young people in line with the Maputo Plan of Action and the African  Youth Charter.     12. Remove  all  legal  barriers  that  hinder  young  people’s  universal  access  to  comprehensive SRH information, services and commodities.     Education    1. Improve access to a rights‐based education, including formal, informal and non‐formal,  which meets the needs of all young people including girls and marginalised groups such  as PWDs, PLHIV, LGBTIs and those living in rural areas through a school environment  that is conducive, safe and includes appropriate infrastructure, teaching methods and  materials.    2. Governments should ensure the improvement of educational systems and structures in  partnership  with  stakeholders  including  civil  society,  the  private  sector  and  young  people.    3. Governments should increase national budgetary allocation on education at all levels.    4. Governments need to invest in sustainable education that ensures that young people  are enrolled in and complete basic, secondary and tertiary education including through  sustained financial support.     5. Scale  up  access  to  comprehensive  education  at  all  levels  which  takes  into  account  gender inequalities.    
  • 3. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  25th  September, 2013  Page | 3     6. Integrate  comprehensive  Sexuality  Education  (CSE)  in  school  curricular  that  involves  skills, knowledge, attitudes and a gender‐ analytical approach.    7. Regularly monitor and review educational policies and programs to improve quality and  ensure relevance of education that empowers young people to gain relevant skills for  employment and livelihoods, including promoting technical, vocational education and  training (TVET) programs, making use of new technology that is applicable to current  labour market trends and demands.    8. Provide  regular  and  appropriate  training,  remuneration  and  retention  incentives  for  teachers to improve the delivery of good quality education.    9. Develop  and  ensure  full  implementation  and  enforcement  of  policies  to  prevent  all  forms  of  school  based  violence  including  sexual  violence  that  place  emphasis  on  empowering  students/pupils  on  the  prevention  and  reporting  of  school  based  sexual  violence and the provision of support to survivors.    10. Governments should ensure inter‐sectorial policy harmonization to ensure progressive  education for all young people irrespective of their background.    Employment    1. Governments should increase accountability on policies, strategies and laws related to  youth employment.    2. Governments should create an enabling environment for young people to participate in  the  development,  implementation  and  review  of  laws  and  policies  related  to  youth  employment.    3. Governments  in  partnership  with  the  private  sector  and  other  stakeholders  should  increase  access  to  financial,  technical  and  other  resources  for  young  people  including  entrepreneurs to provide decent and sustainable employment.     4. Governments in partnership with academia, training institutions and employers should  conduct regular research and review curricula to reflect labour market needs.    5. Governments should ensure the full enforcement of labour laws that protect the rights  of  young  people  including  women,  children  and  persons  with  special  needs  in  employment.    6. Governments in partnership with private sector and other stakeholders should create,  scale‐up and support mechanisms to provide career guidance programs, mentorship and  incubation centres for young people.    
  • 4. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  25th  September, 2013  Page | 4     7. Governments should support youth contribution as value addition to creative industries  such  as  the  arts,  music,  entertainment,  information  technology  as  a  means  to  job  creation.     Inclusive Participation, Security and Governance    1. Governments  should  empower  young  people,  regardless  of  their  backgrounds  and  status,  to  meaningfully  participate  and  engage  in  all  stages  of  decision  making,  development  planning  and  implementation  of  all  programmes  and  policies,  using  a  rights‐based approach.    2. Governments should review the structure and mechanism of the national youth councils  and  or  youth  parliaments  to  make  them  more  effective  in  pushing  the  youth  development agenda and facilitate the proportionate representation of young women  and girls in leadership positions within the youth councils and youth parliaments.     3. Governments in partnership with young people, CSOs and other stakeholders, should  create a monitoring and accountability mechanism to track government’s commitment  to population and development issues (including SRHR).      4. Increase the participation of young people and women in governance and leadership  structures to ensure proportionate representation.    5. African governments should involve young people in concerted and coordinated efforts  to prevent and respond to conflict and terrorism at national, regional and global level.     6. African governments should establish mechanisms and systems for the prevention of,  and responses to gender based violence in conflict and post conflict settings and create  safer public spaces for young people, especially young women and children.