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How Young People Can Drive Accountability in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals

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May 09 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST


Join us for a dynamic discussion on how young people can become agents of change through youth-led accountability at the national, regional and global levels.

In September 2015, the Global Strategy on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health was launched with a greater focus on adolescents, serving as a roadmap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and targets related to adolescents for the next 15 years. The document acknowledges the needs of adolescents (ages 10-19) and youth (ages 15-24) have not been addressed in the same way as women and children in the Millennium Development Goals.

Investing in adolescents can drive development, and their inclusion in the roadmap implies an increased commitment to improving their capacity to transform the world they live in. Young people can play a central role by breaking down silos, shaping policies and holding partners accountable.

This webinar will provide an overview of the accountability landscape and discuss how to enhance youth participation in accountability processes. Examples of tools and initiatives supporting young people’s efforts in accountability will be highlighted.


Welcome remarks: Adolescent and Youth Constituency
Moderators: Tikhala Itaye and Gogontlejang Phaladi, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency

Setting the Scene: The Accountability Landscape
Nana Taona Kuo, Senior Manager, Every Woman, Every Child

Youth-led accountability: How can young people play a role?

  • Patrick Mwesigye, African Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development — Youth-led accountability for commitments in East and Southern Africa
  • Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, World Health Organization — Youth-led accountability at the country level
  • Tamara Rusinow, United Nations Children’s Fund — Adolescent Country Tracker
  • Winfred Ongom, Citizen-led accountability coalition — Citizens’ hearings, Uganda perspective

Q&A and open discussion

Next steps & closing remarks
Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, PMNCH

This event is hosted by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and APHA with the support of: UNICEF, WHO, Office of the UN Special Envoy on Youth, Citizen-led Accountability Coalition in support of Every Woman Every Child

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