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The Bali Global Youth Declaration: For Young People, By Young People

Written by Lindsay Menard-Freeman and Amanda Keifer for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

With the world's population now at seven billion and counting, issues of human rights, health, education, and employment require action more urgently than ever before -- especially for youth under the age of 25, who comprise more than 40 percent of the world's population. 

That's why we joined more than 3,000 young people from more than 150 countries -- in Bali and virtually -- this week at the Global Youth Forum to chart a progressive vision for equitable, sustainable, and just global development.

At the meeting, hosted by the United Nations Population Fund and the Indonesian government, the multi-stakeholder attendees agreed to a historic set of recommendations for the global community on sexual rights; gender equality; ending discrimination against LGBTQI youth; safe, legal and accessible abortion; support for meaningful youth participation in policy and program design and development; and a whole range of other amazing and forward-looking outcomes!

In recent decades, the international development agenda has changed dramatically. Historic United Nations agreements throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, such as the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD), the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Millennium Development Goals, established a new paradigm for sustainable development that privileges a human rights-based approach to development instead of a 'population control' framework. 


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