Tracking Progress Towards 2030: Young People Driving Accountability

This blog post was written by youth SRHR advocate Daniel Tobón García, medical doctor from Colombia and member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Daniel serves as the YCSRR representative to The PACT and is actively involved with ACT!2015.

This blog post originally appeared on the ACT!2015 Blog.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has established an ambitious action plan to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and to tackle climate change. Measuring the success of its implementation requires a renewed and strengthened global partnership to monitor progress. Young people’s meaningful engagement in accountability mechanisms is critical to ensure that their needs will be properly addressed and that their rights will be realized.

The global ACT!2015 meeting: Tracking Progress Towards 2030 held in Lusaka, Zambia, 7-11 December 2015, brought together youth representatives of national alliances to build capacity on Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and indicator processes to ensure indicators on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV are adopted in country and global reporting mechanisms.

Recognising that young people in the AIDS response have strong experience in advocacy, the training focused on building technical knowledge on Monitoring & Evaluation processes. Young people also mapped accountability ‘ecosystems’ to ensure that no one left is behind in the AIDS response in the monitoring of the SDGs at country level. As a result, participants will host national trainings with key youth partners, with support from UNAIDS, to build an effective knowledge-based advocacy strategy that influences country-level indicator processes.

ACT!2015 is a social mobilisation initiative, led by The PACT with support from UNAIDS, that supports young people and particularly national youth alliances in 12 countries, to ensure governments adopt and allocate resources for young people’s SRHR including comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ultimate goal is that decision makers adopt and track progress on these indicators in national and global reporting mechanisms with the meaningful engagement of young people.

Following the iCount Competition, in 2016, ACT!2015 will also build a platform using technology to allow young people to report on indicators based on their experiences with access to and quality of health services including treatment and comprehensive sexuality education. The initiative is currently supporting national youth alliances in 12 focus countries, including Algeria, Bulgaria, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“After two years of intensive youth mobilization and advocacy leading up to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, ACT!2015 is now shifting its focus to accountability to ensure no one is left behind in the AIDS response.” —Mimi Melles, UNAIDS HQ Youth Programme