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Road to Nairobi: Young leaders from Moldova make commitments to accelerating the promise of ICPD

30 young leaders, members of the Local Youth Councils and Youth Centres from the Republic of Moldova, participated in a consultation session dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development from Cairo (ICPD). They discussed changes in the opportunities to fulfil the rights of young people in the past 25 years, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, and committed to act for change in their communities.

We, young people of Moldova, commit to finishing the ICPD agenda by:

1. Being actively engaged in advocacy and promotion of the rights of young people through peer-peer education on sexual and reproductive health, active participation in civil society, youth and grassroots networks.

2. Acting collectively and encouraging others to provide equal access to education, health, employment, social services for all young people especially those who are left behind in a society that all of us have equal opportunities in Moldova.

3. Informing and raising awareness in communities about tolerance and non-discrimination towards PLWHIV, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, young people.

4. Using innovations in educating young people especially those from vulnerable groups to avoid risky behaviours, teenage pregnancy, HIV.

5. Being vocal about the sexual and reproductive rights of young people at local, national and global forums.

6. Collaborating with local authorities to ensure that youth centres have friendly and accessible spaces for the development of all young people in Moldova.

The ICPD consultation session was organized within the Youth Summer camp supported by UNFPA Moldova, as part of the ‘Joint Fund for the development of Youth Centers and strengthening participation and civic engagement among young people of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and UNFPA’.