Accountability to African Youth 2013 – ongoing
Accountability International has been working on accountability to African youth since 2014.
AI strongly argues for the need for youth to speak out not just on youth issues but on all social justice issues affecting all people. Their input is vital to ensure the best response to health and human rights challenges.
For more info on this area of work please email [email protected]
Examining the State of African Youth issues in the context of the realisation of the Demographic Dividend.
A report on the principal issues being faced by African Youth today from an accountability perspective, to create transparency, spark dialogue and inspire action.
Youth are widely recognised as playing a vital role in the development of Africa. The theory of the “Demographic Dividend” however can never be realised unless basic and complex challenges that African youth face now are addressed, and in a sustainable and high-quality manner. The idea of the Demographic Dividend is that the youth are a resource that can be harnessed for development.
Given that almost half of Africans today in mid-2017 are under the age of 19, it certainly does seem that we have a large resource to be tapped if we are able to realise this possibility. Added to the growth of the population, is the rapid economic growth (relatively to other parts of the globe) and one could imagine that this “bonus” might not only spark development but sustain it in the long-term. However, this dividend has not yet even begun to be realised. Political, economic and social barriers to development, equality and even basic human rights are plentiful across the continent. Various commitments, for example the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, demonstrate the high level political will to commit to such promises. What however remains to be seen is whether the commitment can be realised at community level. Whether high level commitments can be turned into policy, programming, implementation and impact at country level.
The African Youth Charter, a political and legal framework adopted in 2006, provides a critical legal and political framework and outlines practical steps towards improving education, skills and sustainable livelihoods and good health, as well as poverty eradication (African Union, 2011) (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 2011),
and the African Youth Decade Plan of Action (2009-2018) which aims to ensure the development of regional and national action plans and a road map of the Youth Charter, remain important but as of yet unrealised commitments.
This report aims to provide an update on the 2015 State of the African Youth Report, an important analysis on the issues being faced by youth in Africa. Building on this momentum of the first report, AAI hopes that this report adds a sense of urgency to the issues at hand, and thus the title “The Urgency We Need”. We hope this report is useful to the reader as a means to create greater transparency around youth related data and information, that it stimulates dialogue and solution building and that real action is taken to ensure the commitments become more than mere rhetoric.
For information on this report, please contact [email protected]
On April 17th 2015 AIDS Accountability International launched:
The “Realising the Future We Want: State of African Youth Report” which examines the State of African Youth Issues in the context of the Post 2015 Agenda and is an analysis of the principal issues being faced by African Youth today.
This report is the second initiative by AAI under the AYTF umbrella, and we hope that it plays some small role in creating transparency around the barriers being faced by African Youths, promotes dialogue on the possible recommendations and solutions, and calls the powerful and even not so powerful to action to improve the daily lives of the 746,979,350 African Youths that form 65% of the 1.1 billion Africans on our beautiful continent.
More about the event here (Event has now passed)
AIDS Accountability International focusses only on needs-based research and advocacy and this report “Realising the Future We Want” is the direct result of our team having identified a gap in the dialogue around the direct inclusion of African Youth in the Conference on Population and Development (CPD) spaces. AAI is proud to have developed this report in conjunction with input from the African Youth Task Force Members, and to have it launched and discussed in New York at the April 2015 CPD. This as a means to directly increase the engagement between African Youth and international and African government representatives to the United Nations in New York, as well as the myriad of other stakeholders in the CPD process.
The report examines a wide variety of data and finds that African Youth are still adversely discriminated against in all areas of development: health, education, access to information and communication technology, employment and security. The report also highlights that Youth in African countries are still disadvantaged by a lack of human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability. Gender inequality, poverty and financial inequality continue to be insurmountable barriers to the reaping of the demographic dividend. The potentially positive role that migration and urbanisation could play are not being given the right circumstances to contribute to development but are instead undermining Youth’s prospects. The document also shows how finance for development and policy coherence are not yet well placed for African Youths to yet realise the benefits. Overall, the percentage data shows improvements in many areas but because many nations are not keeping up with population growth, real numbers of young people being left behind are growing.
The report makes a series of practical, implementable and sometimes innovative suggestions.
• Ensure a human rights approach to all development work, with the inclusion of engaged youth throughout the process, and using only 4 Cs policy (comprehensive, coherent, coordinated and cross-sectoral), at all times based on quality data only.
• Address structural drivers such as gender inequality and poverty (including access to basic services) as a matter of urgency.
• Ensure that finance for development programmes are innovative yet stable, whilst ensuring all stakeholders fulfil commitments to financial allocations and increasing representation of Africans in financial and economic decision-making spaces globally.
• Ensure a progressive approach to allowing youth’s bodily integrity and the opportunity to make their own health decisions, whilst expanding access to treatment for mental illness, substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and non-communicable diseases in youth friendly environments.
• Ensure that Youths have universal access to quality education, including but not limited to alphabetical and numerical literacy, secondary and tertiary education, comprehensive sexuality education and citizenship and human rights education, including life skills such as leadership, creative thinking, strategic planning and problem solving. This must be equally provided to all, without gender or geographical, religious or other discrimination.
• Examine innovative public-private partnership options for revisiting the understanding of entrepreneurship, employment and training in Africa, and create a greater regard for the informal sector, self-employment, craftsmanship and others micro-businesses whilst ensuring that Youth have access to school-work gap programmes. Concurrently enforce labour laws that protect young people including women, children and persons with disabilities and provide equal opportunities.
• Governments need to create an enabling environment and policies to ensure increased access to information and communication technology for all young people regardless of gender and geographical location with the support of the private sector, and in so doing use competitions, idea challenges, hackathons and innovator fairs to motivate youths to enthusiastically conceptualise, develop and follow up on innovative ideas using technology to solve both business and social challenges. Provide phase 2 support such as capital, network opportunities and mentoring for start-ups to scale up and become more than just survivalist.
• Ensure Youth engagement in ensuring good governance, transparency and accountability and anti-corruption monitoring. Governments need to make sure that Youths are engaged in the design and implementation of any emergency responses to security threats and are at all times physically and adequately protected by the government.
This report is not meant to be a comprehensive panacea to the challenges being faced by African Youths today, but a contribution to greater transparency around the issue, a stimulus for dialogue and a call to action for the stakeholders and decision-makers.
The call of “nothing about us, without us” stands for the involvement of African Youths too, especially in global development processes such as CPD, where decisions are being made by powerful actors that will directly affect the lives of the 750 million African Youths alive today (and more as we move into the future).
AIDS Accountability International and the African Youth Task Force call on you to speak to an African Youth today.
SA civil society demands that President Zuma retract stigmatising teenage pregnancy remarks
For Immediate Release – March 13, 2015
This week South African President Jacob Zuma said that teenage mothers and fathers should have their new-born babies taken away from them and they should be sent to Robben Island to finish school before they see their children again.
On Tuesday, while addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders, Zuma repeated, by way of reference, shocking comments he first made in 2009 saying that teenage mothers should be separated from their babies until they finished their schooling. “They must be taken and be forced to go to school, far away,” he was quoted as saying by the South African Press Association (SAPA), “They must be educated by government until they are empowered and they can take care of their kids; take them to Robben Island or any other island, sit there, study until they are qualified to come back and work to look after their kids.”
The President’s comments are of deep concern because it indicates that he assumes that all teenage pregnancies are unwanted – by the young women themselves or their families when in reality this is not true. Sending young mothers “far away” would be a direct violation of their human rights under the constitution and stigmatise them and their families and their children. Zuma’s comments encourage a weakening of social and family bonds by tearing babies away from their parents rather than strengthening them. In a country with as serious an HIV burden as ours, Zuma also makes no mention of the risks to young people of having unprotected sex and becoming infected with HIV or other sexually transmitted infections that can even become life threatening and life altering, nor of the importance for schools and government to provide easy access to contraception. Most troubling is that Zuma’s statement is about owning and therefore deciding on the lives, bodies, sexualities and reproductive choices of girls. The fact is that young girls have sexual and reproductive rights that are to be protected and advanced, and that should not be ruled over – not by their families, the president, men, boys, or anyone else.
Early and unintended pregnancies are caused by gender-based violence and gender inequality, poor access to contraceptives, lack of provision of termination of pregnancy services, and the stigmatisation of young women’s sexuality. Other contributing factors include a wish to prove they are fertile, a fear of adults’ punishment, peer pressure, worries about confidentiality and pressure from the male partner.
A better way to respond to South Africa’s teen pregnancy rate would be to acknowledge that there are a lot of complex and varied reasons and solutions to this issue. Effective and appropriate preventative measures for unwanted pregnancies among young women and adolescents need to be provided by government, including information and access to a variety of contraceptive measures through youth-friendly and trained clinics are vital in lowering teenage pregnancy rates. Government, civil society and other organisations are already collaborating in Mmoho, a nationwide advocacy campaign that seeks to reduce the occurrence of unplanned teenage pregnancies. By using a positive rights-based approach, Mmoho aims to openly talk about teenage sex and pregnancy, and advocate for increased access to contraception for young women and men.
Government also needs to educate parents and guardians to play their role in educating and discussing sexual and reproductive health issues with their children – both boys and girls. Male involvement programmes should also be made available so that boys and men also are held responsible and are given the information they need.
President Zuma’s comments correctly place an importance on education yet performance by government on quality education delivery is failing massively. “If we want youth to stay in school, we should improve schools and education provision” says Czerina Patel of Sonke Gender Justice, “Also, President Zuma should be removing the barriers that prevent pregnant teenagers and teen mothers from staying in schools – this includes stopping schools from kicking out pregnant teens or otherwise failing to provide facilities and mechanisms that support teenage parents when they want to finish school and raise their children.”
Yumnah Hattas, Senior Researcher at AIDS Accountability International responded “Every child from grade R to grade 11 and older should have access to comprehensive sexuality education and information in and out of schools to help them make better informed decisions about their sexuality and this should be backed up by services provided to them in a non-judgmental and supportive environment that is rights based and encourages the better development of these children.”
Worryingly, in defence of Zuma’s statements, the Presidency said this week that President Zuma’s remarks were not only targeted at teenage mothers, but also at teenage fathers. Whether directed at teenage mothers alone, or at teenage mothers and fathers, Zuma’s comments are incredibly harmful.
The President also contradicts his own government’s efforts, showing no responsibility and accountability to the decisions made within his own ranks, rather publicly espousing values which are not in alignment with those of the country. Indeed, just two weeks ago, the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy (NASRHRFS) was launched by government and it is a progressive, informed and clear strategy for dealing with this issue amongst others that affect youths.
The South African government, the religious sector, civil society and even business have invested significant time and money to destigmatise teenage mothers (and fathers) in our country and to educate, inform and create high quality dialogue around this issue in our country. President Zuma’s remarks only serve to derail the progress that is being made.
In short, we affirm the rights of South African youth to education and also to keep and raise their children, and we find it disturbing that President Zuma chose to pit these two rights against each other.
We, South African civil society, are therefore requesting that, as a public servant to the South Arican nation, that the President immediately, retract his statement and correct the stigmatising, harmful and rights-violating position he expressed this week.
Civil society is available to assist him in sending accurate and informed positive messages that speak to family cohesiveness and which openly talk about sex, sexuality and health with youth.
Phillipa Tucker +27 (0)82 225 1598)/ phillipa at aidsaccountability dot org
Endorsed by the following individuals and organisations:
Phillipa Tucker, Co-Founder, AIDS Accountability International
Andrea Thompson, Head of Client Services, Marie Stopes Clinics
Jackie Dugard, Director, Gender Equity Office at WITS University
Gordon Isaacs, Outreach & Knowledge-Innovation Manager, SWEAT
Anthony Manion, Director, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
Jonothan Gunthorp, Executive Director, Southern African AIDS Trust
Bonita Meyersfield, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, WITS
Remmy Shawa, Acting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Manager, Sonke Gender Justice
Naomi Lince-Deroche, Teenage pregnancy and sexual and reproductive health and rights economics expert, South Africa
In October 2014 AAI and the various AYTF partners sponsored the AYTF members to conduct a mission to various African Permanent Missions to the UN in New York.
The AYFT managed to have 9 meetings with Permanent Missions namely Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia. Of the 9 meetings the AYTF was able to meet the 8 Permanent Representatives with the exception of South Africa.
The short-term objectives of this project were to mend the disconnection between the African continent and the negotiators in NYC, by:
• Identify key African negotiators in the permanent missions, based on position in the OWG, stances at home and in NYC on youth empowerment issues such as health, education, employment and inclusive participation, security and good governance.
• Sensitise, build alliances with and advocate that these PMs improve the representation and demands of African youth in the global processes.
• Discover and discuss the stances of the countries based on existing regional commitments such as Maputo Plan of Action, African Youth Charter, African Common Position and the Agenda 2063.
• Offer the Youth Task Force and backing organisations as resources for the PMs in doing their work.
• Provide a platform for youth representing African civil society to advocate with the African OWG members and other African negotiators on the Post-2015 agenda.
• Propose and inform African strategy for engagement beyond September 2014.
• Identify and repair barriers to consistency between capital and PMs, and work to ensure all relevant individuals, both home and abroad, government and civil society are more accountable.
• Demonstrate with empirical evidence the (unmet) need for youth’s universal access to health, education, employment, inclusive participation, security and good governance as a means to provide PMs with resources for their advocacy of greater youth inclusion.
Summary of AYTF Meetings
The following meetings were held by the African Youth Task Force:
• 2 day strategy meeting at IWHC offices
• 9 meetings with African Permanent Missions
• 3 meetings with key UN agencies and Partners (UN Statistical Division, UN Youth Delegates and Ford Foundation)
• 1 Evening Cocktail (AIDS Accountability International’s A dialogue on Accountability)
Quotes from AYTF Members
“A couple of days before my departure for NY, I had this weird thought; a very discouraging and mixed feeling on whether the PRs would want to meet us. Behold, I was astonished when I finally met with some of them: their warm reception and encouraging words were very touching. I was also moved when they promised to share expertise as well as engage with our works throughout and even after the Post2015 review. This was somewhat an ‘aha’ moment for me, witnessing how a 30 minutes conversation can bring lasting and meaningful change to so many people.” Zoneziwoh
“I was amazed by the openness of the ambassadors we met. Different discussions, these figures have shown -share available to exchange and learn – from us. It was a positive achievement that young people from the continent come together and discuss issues of youth and future outside of official meetings. This allowed us to break the myth distorted that seem to exist sometimes between permanent representations and Capitals.” Loukman
The Post-2015 Development Agenda will be defined through an intergovernmental process during the 69th
session of the UN General Assembly (16 September 2014 – September 2015). This process will involve all
governments represented at the UN General Assembly, and will conclude with a Post-2015 Summit, which is
currently scheduled to take place in September 2015. The intergovernmental process, which will take the form
of negotiations, will be based on a series of inputs from the following on-going key international processes,
inter alia the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In addition to the OWG outcome document, input will also come from other global reports such as such as the
High Level Panel (HLP) report, the Global Compact, 1 Million Voices report (UN development group report)
the sustainable development solutions network; The Colombo Declaration of the World Conference on Youth
(10 May 2014); The Global Youth Call presented at the ECOSOC Youth Forum (3 June 2014); The Ministerial
Declaration of the 2014 high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political
forum on sustainable development (9 July 2014); The outcome of the Third International Conference on Small
Island Development States (September 2014). And also those that we are still waiting for: The report of the
Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Financing Sustainable Development (expected August 2014); The
President’s Summary from his High-Level Stocktaking Event (11-12 September 2014, New York), preceded by a
civil society consultation on 26 August.
Furthermore, it is also hoped that African regional level commitments will also provide input into the Post
2015 development agenda. These commitments include but are not limited to: the African Youth Charter (2
July 2006); Maputo Plan of Action, a continental framework on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
(2006); Addis Ababa Declaration on ICPD Beyond 2014 (31 October 2013); African Common Position on the
Post 2015 Development Agenda (5 June 2014) and Agenda 2063 (30 May 2013).
Given the above and the forth coming inter-governmental negotiations, an African Youth Task Force
representing civil society has been created to advocate for key issues that relate to youth empowerment
during this process. This group will be tasked with the role of advocating for youth empowerment needs
in the new Post-2015 development framework with a focus on; health, education, employment, inclusive
participation, security and good governance.
Long-term Objective: The overall long term objective of this project was to improve SRHR in Africa through influencing the new global development framework.
Mid-term Objective: The mid-term objective of this project was to increase African civil society input and influence in the global processes i.e. the SDGs.
The short-term objectives of this project were to mend the disconnection between the African continent and
the negotiators in NYC by means of the foloiwng activities:
• Identify key African negotiators in the permanent missions, based on position in the OWG, stances at
home and in NYC on SRHR (especially wrt abortion, sexual rights, and youth), and other pertinent issues.
• Sensitise, build alliances with and advocate that these PMs improve the representation and demands of
African youth in the global processes.
• Provide a platform for youth representing African civil society to advocate with the African OWG
members and other African negotiators on the Post-2015 agenda.
• Propose and inform African strategy for engagement beyond September 2014.
• Identify and repair barriers to consistency between capital and PMs, and work to ensure all relevant
individuals are more accountable.
• Discuss the stances of the countries based on existing regional commitments such as Maputo Plan of
Action, African Youth Charter, African Common Position and the Agenda 2063.
• Demonstrate the (unmet) need for universal access to SRHR based on existing evidence and data
Composition of the AYTF
A group of 12 young individuals were identified to represent African civil society during advocacy meetings
with permanent missions to the UN in New York in order to influence their position on SRHR in the new
development framework. These individuals were considered a fair representation based on the diversity of the African continent. As much as possible chosen delegates will be from the countries that will be targeted in New York. This group will be tasked with the role of advocating for SRHR in the new Post-2015 development framework. Selection of proposed African Youth Task Force members has been done by identifying partners with whom AAI has worked with before and have proven record of knowledge, experience and team playing skills. Given that the proposed initiative had a tight timeframe, broad consultation process was not used, but rather
through personal recommendation.
The selection criteria included the following:
• Aged 20 -35 years;
• Representative of geographical regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Africa);
• Representatives must have a sound understanding of the Post 2015 development agenda process;
• Gender representation and sexual orientation must be considered in selection.
• Representative of targeted countries in New York.
AfriYAN, AIDS Accountability International (AAI), Ford Foundation, FEMNET, Geneva Foundation, High Level Task Force on ICPD, Ipas Africa, Alliance, IPPF African Region, Observatory for Policy Practice and Youth Studies, Sonke Gender Justice, Southern Africa AIDS Trust (SAT), and YWCA.
Bob Mwiinga Munyati at bob at aidsaccountability.org
AYTF Members (2014-2015)
656526-27 July 2012
The Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) workshop, hosted by the Department of Social Development of the government of South Africa in Pretoria, was a principal gathering for individuals, organizations and bilateral institutions working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The meeting being a joint initiative by government, NGOs and UN Agencies aimed at strengthening inter-sectorial and interdepartmental collaboration on ASRHR following the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (UNCPD) earlier this year. The meeting was also held at the backdrop of the world commemoration of Population Day (11th July, 2012) which focused on Demographic Dividends and the South African Youth Lekgotla (Summit) held on 27th June, 2012.
The ASRHR workshop presented new scientific and non-scientific knowledge on ASRHR in South Africa and offered participants an opportunity for dialogue on the major factors affecting ASRHR in the country. Key presentations at the meeting included; the South African Youth Population context, Teenage Pregnancy in South Africa, the campaign on the status of ASRHR in South Africa, the status of maternal and child health, and the role of families in ensuring Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Rights were met.
With this background, the meeting participants were able to identify “gaps” in ASRHRs in South Africa and drafted board frameworks drawn from their experience in the country and beyond. These gaps were broadly classified under the following categories:
- Bio-medical interventions (cancer screening, HPV)
- Socio-cultural dynamics and community development, gender stereotyping, social norms, youth focus programming, male involvement, community dialogue
- Policy and Legislative (National and International), Rule and Law Enforcement.
- Service delivery (Access to services and public awareness on ASRHR)
- Teenage mentoring and economic empowerment
- Sexual rights (LGBT)
Chief among the identified gaps was the lack of synergy among government departments and civil society in achieving outlined goals around ASRHR. It was agreed that synergy would allow for better coordination and implementation of global and national goals toward ASRHR. AAI took advantage of this meeting to remind participants of the importance for national government leaders and civil society in being accountable to international and national policies that contribute to the attainment of ASRHRs.
547 – 10 December 2014, Lusaka, Zambia.
Established in 1990, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) promotes policies and research to support government response to end the HIV epidemic on the continent. Following the 1st Regional Symposium in Khartoum in 2007, SAA will organize its 2nd Symposium in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Zambia National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council and the Society for Women & AIDS in Africa (SWAA). The symposium will focus on Adolescent SRHR and HIV. About 500 delegate comprising adolescents, young people, program managers, policy makers, activists and advocates from the continent and beyond will be welcome to Lusaka between the 7th -10th of December 2014.
Adolescents are often neglected in SRHR and HIV program. More than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 are living with HIV worldwide; approximately 70 percent of these are in Sub Saharan Africa. Many of them lack access to the information, treatment and the care they so desperately need. Of 41 countries worldwide with child marriage prevalence of 30 percent or more, 28 are in Africa. For example, more than 50 percent of girls in Mail, Mozambique and Niger are married before age 18. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest fertility rate among girls aged 15-19. Complication of pregnancy, child birth and HIV are the main causes of death in this age group.
Objectives of the Symposium
1.Interrogate evidence, research and responses on adolescent SRHR and HIV in Africa to inform programmes and interventions beyond 2015.
2.Explore and promote accountability mechanisms and frameworks on adolescent SRHR and HIV in Africa.
3.Provide a forum for evidence based advocacy to influence policy, programming, practice and discourse.
4.Identify local driven solution on adolescent SRHR an HIV that work and promote their use to foster ownership and sustainability.
5.Engender partnerships for ASRHR/HIV with traditional, religious, private sector and other stakeholders to meet the resource requirements for effective responses.
The symposium expects to welcome more than 500 delegates from around the world working in the fields of Adolescents SRHR, HIV/AIDS.
The symposium will encourage the participation of young researchers, healthcare workers, and community representatives from the developing world by providing scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected according to criteria established by the Organizing Committee.
AAI is a supporting partner of the symposium.
For more information see the website www.asrhr.org
On 23-25 January 2015, AIDS Accountability International by the invitation of the UNFPA attended the CSOs and UNFPA Global strategy meeting on the ICPD Beyond 2014 and the Post 2015 development agenda which was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
The objectives of the meetings were to strategize on how CSOs and UNFPA can partner to ensure that the outcomes of the ICPD Beyond 2014 review process are taken forward and integrated in the best possible way into the post 2015 agenda, including through a responsive monitoring and evaluation framework. During the meeting, CSOs and UNFPA organized themselves around:
1. Means of taking outcomes of the ICPD Beyond 2014 review process forward through an M&E framework that would be implemented at national, regional and global levels. This would further build on the outcomes of the Open Working Group, forth coming CPD and General Assembly on the Post 2015 development agenda.
2. Formulation of political strategies and partnerships that would foster integration of the ICPD Outcomes into the Post 2015 development agenda. The political strategies included discussions around the SDGs proposed indicators and the Financing for Development conference to be held in Addis.
3. Finally, the meeting provided an opportunity for regional CSOs to come up with priorities for advocacy and implementation during the course of the Post 2015 development agenda.
UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde in response to the deliberations of the meeting gave an overview of the ICPD and its relation to the Post 2015 Development Agenda process. He mentioned that to date the UNFPA had been able to conduct ICPD review which resulted into a resolution during the General Assembly in 2014. Parallel to the ICPD process was the Open Working Group (OWG) that came up with proposed SDGs which he argued were not strong enough with reference to sexual reproductive health and rights. For this reason, he cautioned CSOs to be vigilante during the process of negotiations in order to ensure inclusion of key issues. The UNFPA executive director also emphasized that CSO’s involvement in the process would only be effective if there was common messaging. He pointed out that this common messaging must embrace the following 5 key principles of:
2. Human Right
4. Big Data
These key principles would ensure that diversity is covered in all discussions throughout the course of the year such as: the Financing for Development Meeting in Addis, the Political Statement at the General Assembly and the Paris for the Climate Summit.
Dr. Babatunde mentioned that if he had an opportunity to determine what should be the priority of the Post 2015 agenda it would be to focus on SRHR but the reality was that there were differences among various stakeholders. Other important issues that he mentioned would be important to focus on in the Post 2015 development agenda would be youth issues, comprehensive sexuality education and repairing the disconnect between capital and New York.
In closing the Dr. Babatunde mentioned that human rights and equality were an important issue to be addressed in the Post 2015 development agenda. With regard to SRHR, he maintained that every person attending the meeting was responsible for ensuring that CSO spoke on voice within the Post 2015 negotiations.