World Youth Alliance Delivers Statement to UN Delegates at the 43rd Commission on Population and Development

 New York, New York, April 14th, 2010

World Youth Alliance Delivers Statement to UN Delegates


The World Youth Alliance (WYA) delivered its oral statement to delegates and members of civil society at the 43rdCommission on Population and Development at the UN on April 12th.  Christin Redfield, a WYA North America intern, read the statement shortly before the end of yesterday’s plenary session.  The statement addressed the priority theme of the Commission, and called on the UN Commission to address maternal health separately from reproductive health rights. Casey Downing, the North American Director of WYA, articulated the reason for WYA’s position as being that “We really need to make an effort to ensure the safety of mothers and children.”


WYA sought to address morbidity, mortality and development by requesting “locally driven health systems” to provide primary health care for women which take into account cultural realities.  “For too long, health priorities have been donor driven and focused on investment efficiency,” making it easier to attach agendas to the provision of basic human services.


The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations.  It trains young people to work at regional and international levels to impact policy and culture.  Founded in 1999 at the international conference on population and development, it encompasses over one million members from almost two hundred countries.  It has official consultative status with the UN, and has regional staff active in Latin America, Asia, the United States, Europe, and Africa in offices located within Mexico City, Manilla, New York, Brussels and Nairobi.


For More Information, please contact Casey Downing, North American Regional Director of the World Youth (212) 585-0757