PPD and UNFPA will host a webinar on youth engagement

Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will jointly host a webinar, titled “Harnessing Youth Engagement to Address SRHR through SSTC in the Post-Covid Era on September 22.

Webinar speakers will include Alice Michira, Youth Leader from Kenya, Nthabiseng Mogashoa, Youth Leader from South Africa, Loza Admassu, Youth Reproductive Health Officer, St Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia, and Mohammad Mamun Mia, Youth leader of Bangladesh, said a statement released on Friday.

Junjian Gaoshan, a youth leader from China, will moderate the discussion, and officials from PPD and UNFPA will deliver opening remarks.

“We are trying to start a discussion on the importance of using youth engagement to prioritize the sexual and reproductive health agenda in the post-Covid-19 era.

Hopefully, the webinar will serve as a platform for young leaders from various corners of the world to share their first-hand experiences and ideas, and highlight best practices to inform and guide future youth-focused strategies of PPD and UNFPA,” said Senior Program Officer at the PPD Secretariat, Tahrima Khan.

PPD, a global intergovernmental organization (IGO) comprising 27 developing countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, represents more than 60% of the world’s population, including a large part of the young population . In collaboration with UNFPA, PPD seeks to advance the population and reproductive health agenda for sustainable development through youth-led South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC).

As health systems around the world, particularly in low-income countries, have been disrupted in unprecedented ways by the Covid-19 pandemic, resources for sexual and reproductive health services have drastically diminished, with consequences far and wide. term for the reproductive health program.

Given that young people have indeed played the various roles of service providers, educators and agents of change during the pandemic, it is vitally important that they are integrated into formal decision-making processes, policy mechanisms and global development agendas. in order to achieve more inclusive and equitable policy outcomes, the press release said.

The webinar will discuss effective ways to raise a new generation that would commit to promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-Covid-19 era and help deliver on the promises of ICPD25 and the SDGs. .

The webinar will be streamed live on PPD’s Facebook page.