The Youth Model International Conference on Population and Development opens tomorrow

Under the auspices of the H.E Present Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UNFPA and the Ministry of Youth are launching the Youth Model International Conference on Population and Development on October 16-17.

The conference is bringing together over 200 young people from 53 countries from around the world, giving them a chance to simulate the landmark ICPD that took place in Cairo in 1994. The ICPD saw the adoption of the Program of Action by 179 countries.

The conference aims to collect the unique insights of young people to advance the ICPD agenda, highlighting their role in working with their governments to ensure the full and accelerated implementation of the ICPD Program of Action within the overall context of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. Ultimately, it will give young participants the opportunity to voice their opinions and exchange ideas.

The two-day conference will consist of an academic segment and a creative segment, eventually leading to youth commitments towards the full implementation of the Program of Action by 2030.

The academic segment will focus on three main areas; adolescent and youth reproductive health, gender equality and harmful practices and data and demographic dividend.

Through guided discussion, participants will come up with a set of recommendations that will be discussed and agreed upon at the end of the day. The recommendations will provide building blocks for the final outcome document to be produced at the end of the conference.

Day 2 will focus on creative learning, where participants will translate the recommendations into creative forms through five workshops on theatre, art, film, dance and social media.

The creative outcomes of the Youth Model ICPD will be presented at the Nairobi summit in November, which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of ICPD.

The Youth Model ICPD will be held at the JW Marriott hotel in new Cairo.

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