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02 May 12

Landmark UN resolution

on young people’s sexual

and reproductive rights

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:                                                                     

  • The right of young people to decide on all matters related to their sexuality
  • Access to sexual and reproductive health services
  • The right of youth to comprehensive sexuality education
  • Protection and promotion of young people's right to control their sexuality free from violence, discrimination and coercion

We welcome this landmark resolution which also contains a number of important provisions on employment, HIV, youth participation and eliminating early and forced marriage. One of our major goal areas is Sexual Reproductive Health- we are committed to promoting safe sexual and reproductive practices among young people. This is a very positive step in enabling young people to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.


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

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