The United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) adopted a landmark resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive rights at its 45th session held from 23 to 27 April 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This is the first time that young people’s sexual and reproductive rights have been recognised at the UN level.
Some of the key points from the final resolution:
This bold resolution comes after a UN report called, ‘Monitoring of Population Programmes, Focusing on Adolescents and Youth’ was submitted by UN Secretary General at the opening of the session, which highlighted lack of access to information and sexual and reproductive health services for millions of young people, resulting in unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Commission, composed of 47 elected Member States meets annually to discuss population issues and trends in relation to development strategies and policies, and the theme for this year was “Adolescents and Youth” which was attended by representatives of more than 500 non-governmental organizations.
To read the final resolution, click here
For all the statements from CPD2012, click here