How Do We Make the 2030 Agenda Meaningful for Adolescents and Youth?

Comprehensive sexuality education has demonstrated that when young people are educated about human rights, gender equality, and the role of power in relationships, they are better-equipped to make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.

United Nations Adopts Progressive Resolution on Child Marriage

The resolution's adoption highlights the urgency for explicitly addressing child marriage in our next development framework.

Governments Commit to Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Youth advocates sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to protect and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth—as outlined in the Colombo Declaration—in his report to Member States in late 2014.

Young Activists Challenge European Governments to Stand Up for Sexual Rights

This week, government officials from Europe and Central Asia, academics, activists, and representatives from the private sector gathered in Istanbul to review the region’s progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe convened the two-day conference as an opportunity for governments to set their priorities for new sustainable…

Defining Our Demands: Next Steps for Youth in the Post-2015 Process

In 2000, the UN established eight international development goals (the MDGs) — ranging from eradicating extreme poverty to improving maternal health — to be achieved by 2015. Now that this deadline is upon us, the international community is looking ahead to define what’s come to be known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Last summer,…

Putting Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the Center of the HIV Response

The post-2015 development agenda must focus not only on the direct determinants of HIV infection, but also the profound gender inequalities and resulting discriminatory practices which make women more vulnerable to the virus and which stand squarely in the way of addressing its spread.

Young People and Inequalities: Recommendations for the post-2015 Development Agenda

The International Women’s Health Coalition is centrally concerned with the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. The following contribution focuses specifically on the challenges facing girls, who continue to experience systematic social, economic and political marginalization in every part of the world.