Investing in Sustainable Partnerships with Youth

14 March 2019

New York

UNFPA, together with the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development (AfriYAN) and West and Central Africa and the Regional Civil Society Organizations Coalition for Family Planning (CROSCPF), will be hosting a high-level event on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. 

This event will focus on creating strategic and sustainable partnerships to empower young people, with the overall objective of helping to achieve a demographic dividend.

The global population of young people is higher than it has ever been, with 1.2 billion people aged 15 to 24 years old in 2015. The youngest population is in Africa, where almost half of all people are below age 15. Seven out of 10 people are under 25. This population dynamic is a real asset and, if properly utilized, offers huge potential. But significant investment is required to realize this potential, especially in the health and education sectors, and above all, to create decent and sustainable jobs.

This high-level event will showcase successful initiatives and good practices relating to child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and, above all, the empowerment of young girls, and will make concrete proposals for scaling these up. 

Related content


At a UNFPA-supported photo exhibition on the harms of female genital mutilation, advocate Ifrah Ahmed spoke about her own experience and her efforts to end the practice.

“We’re needing to speed up,” said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem at a high-level event.
Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler

The 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters starting on 11 March. 

The annual two-week session of the Commission brings together representatives of the United Nations, the UN Member States, as well as...


We use cookies and other identifiers to help improve your online experience. By using our website you agree to this. To learn more, including how to change your settings, see our cookies policy.