Caribbean Forum on Population, Youth and Development, Georgetown, Guyana , 24-26 July 2018
The participants at the Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Third Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed that the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development (2013) provides a regional framework for public policymaking on population and development issues that States continue to adopt.
The meeting recognized that the youth perspective is crucial to addressing population issues such as non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, recognition of the rights of minority groups, and management of migration, both internal and international. Participants reviewed progress in the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development and made recommendations intended to further its implementation.
The recommendations addressed, firstly, the priority actions in section B of the Montevideo Consensus on the rights, needs, responsibilities and requirements of girls, boys, adolescents and youth. These recommendations covered the need for greater collaboration and coordination among the various actors involved in Youth Policies, programmes and initiatives, as well as improved monitoring and evaluation of progress in their implementation. They addressed key issues for Caribbean youth such as personal development skills, entrepreneurial training, vocational training, career guidance and comprehensive sexuality education; increased youth employment opportunities; participation of young people in policymaking; support for victims of crime, violence and abuse; and the participation of youth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.