Working with young people to have their say in the post-2015 development dialogue

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Working with young people to have their say in the post-2015 development dialogue

22 May 2014

Today’s generation of young people is the largest in history, with 1.8 billion adolescents and youth making up one quarter of the world’s population. Young people have a critical role in ensuring that political momentum to achieve the end of the AIDS epidemic and to secure specific targets around sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 development agenda is sustained.

In order to mobilize young people to influence the post-2015 dialogue that will set the goals, targets and indicators of global development for the next 15 years, UNAIDS, in collaboration with the PACT for Social Transformation in the AIDS Response, has produced the ACT 2015! Advocacy strategy toolkit.

Developed in partnership with Restless Development, the toolkit is intended to support youth organizations to build national alliances and develop a national advocacy road map to engage with key decision-makers influential in the post-2015 negotiations. It provides background information about the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda, as well as a timeline of critical events within the process of developing the new framework. With step-by-step information on how young people can develop their own advocacy strategy, including setting up advocacy priorities, selecting targets, making an effective advocacy case, developing activities and designing a road map, it shows how to conduct effective advocacy in the national context.

In the first phase of ACT! 2015, a youth-led initiative based on new forms of organizing using social media and online technology, young people around the world organized community dialogues through to set advocacy priorities.

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