UNITED NATIONS, New York – On Friday, 11 April, from 12pm until 1pm EST, UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, is hosting a “Google Hangout” on a vital – and yet too often neglected – area of action: adolescents and young people. The topic under discussion will be the transformative effect that adolescents and young people can have in international development when their rights and needs are promoted and protected, and how the 2014 Commission on Population and Development and related UN forums can be milestones in securing this as a priority in the future development agenda.
This innovative event will be hosted by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. Guest speakers will include: Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth; Robert Kasenene, a Member of UNFPA’s Young Leaders’ Working Group; Zahara Gobbe, an adolescent girl from Somalia and vocal advocate for ending FGM/C; and Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative in India.
This event will facilitate dialogue between young people, policymakers, and people working with adolescents and young people about how and why youth concerns must be central to future international development. We will hear from young people, leaders, policymakers and technical experts concerned about adolescents’ and young people’s needs, how to speed up investment in them and secure the policies that will protect them and promote development.
Everyone is welcome to attend at plus.google.com/+unfpa, and we would encourage those who tune in to join the discussion by tweeting their questions with the hashtag #YOUTHHangout during the event.