UNICEF, our lead advocacy partner, is building on the successes of the YHP’s first ten years by using its networks with decision-makers at global and national levels to help us make this happen. The energy, skills and on-the-ground experience of our young leaders are central to making the case effectively.
YHP activities support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.4 to reduce premature deaths linked to NCDs by one third by 2030 and promote mental health and wellbeing.
To ensure that there is global awareness among decision-makers and young people about NCD risks and behaviours including reaching 5 million adolescents with NCD prevention messages
To ensure that young people are advocating on issues relevant to their health and wellbeing, influencing policy and demanding accountability including training 1,000 young advocates to promote NCD prevention at the local, national and global levels.
Through our YHP partnership, UNICEF launched the new globally adapted Youth Advocacy Guide (YAG) in 2022. The YAG is a resource to empower young advocates to gain a deeper understanding of, and capacities for advocacy, ranging from meaningfully engaging with policy, researching their advocacy issues, building networks and fostering allies, to embarking on advocacy campaigns, and monitoring their advocacy efforts. The resource also includes sections on how advocates can maintain their mental wellness, and walks advocates through efforts to develop their own advocacy plan.
Find out more at UNICEF’s Youth Advocacy Resources Hub
To ensure young people have participated in increasing the number of countries with NCD prevention strategies targeted at their age group including ensuring that at least 12 policies and laws are adopted, updated and/or upheld
Advocacy is also built in to several of our programmes which can bring new perspectives to local and national policy, for example:
In Delhi, India another long-running project with Plan International UK led to peer educators being asked to provide advice on how to engage young people by the Indian Government’s Rashtriva Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme.
In Kenya we worked with Rise Up to develop Champions for Change (C4C) based around a week-long capacity-building workshop. This organically evolved into a Coalition of Youth Advocates (COYA) who have actively engaged with the Nairobi authorities to make health information more available and to make much better use of some underutilised facilities.