WYA at UN-ECOSOC Commissions, release of Declaration on Health and Education | April 2015 Newsletter

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Where human dignity is under attack, WYA’s work begins. This is what drives our advocacy work at the World Youth Alliance and indeed it has been a busy season as our advocacy team monitored proceedings of the Commission for Social Development, Commission on the Status of Women, and the ongoing Commission on Population and Development. WYA continues to train young people for advocacy work through the recent 2015 International Solidarity Forum, which concluded with the completion of the Declaration on Health and Education. On the regional front, last month WYA Africa joined Kenya Life Week and WYA Europe spearheaded a campaign for Down Syndrome awareness at the European Union (#SocksBattle4DS). There are many ways to defend and promote the dignity of the human person. Check out our “Get Involved” listing to join us in our work!


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The Commission on Population and Development (CPD)


The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is currently holding its 48th meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme is “Realizing the Future We Want: Integration Population Issues Into Sustainable Development, Including in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

The theme links the work of the commission with the largest project currently underway at the United Nations: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals, which will expire at the end of the year.  Click here to read the advocacy team’s mid-week report.

12th International Solidarity Forum concludes with the release of the Declaration on Health and Education


WYA’s International Solidarity Forum (March 23-26, 2015), gathered over fifty participants from around the world to take part in lectures, training, and UN-style negotiations. Participants received WYA’s Advocacy Academy training, which presented current trends at the UN and globally as they affect human dignity. Additionally, attendees were briefed on concrete programs that WYA will be adopting at it’s regional offices – Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM), and the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC).

Read more here.


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