The Youth Preconference will be held from March 5-6, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi with the Main Conference scheduled to be held from March 7-9, 2017 with AHAIC 2017 at the same venue.
This platform brings together Youth who make up 65% of Africa population to strengthen their skills and ability to contribute to SDGs and other regional commitments that target their health. Young people from Africa have an opportunity to learn from each other and form networks and coalitions to enhance accountability on youth health.
In Africa today, about 65% of the total population is below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years. This makes Africa the most youthful continent, thereby establishing the window of opportunity to harness the demographic advantage through the empowerment and active participation of youth. Young people must be meaningfully included in the implementation and tracking of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They play an important part in advancing development, democracy and peace. All policy makers must therefore implement new youth-centred, youth-led accountability mechanisms that are integrated in country and global SDG frameworks.
The 2 day youth conference aims to create a platform for youth to meaningfully contribute to strategies, scientific approaches and investments being made on the improvement of their health.
The youth preconference and their participation in the main conference creates opportunity to:
- Sensitize youth and strengthen their ability to hold policy makers accountable on the African Union agenda – 2017 – Year of the youth
- Sensitize youth and strengthen their ability to hold policy makers accountable on ESA commitments of 2013
- Provide young people with opportunities to inform and hone their skills in SRH advocacy, programming and behaviour change communication