Critical reflections on meaningful youth contributions to global health
The Lancet Global Health Blog "Young people who attended the 2017 UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) may have experienced mixed feelings. On one hand, it was exciting to attend this annual meeting dedicated to reviewing global progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); on the other hand it was disappointing to see such limited interactions between stakeholders including civil society and their governments.
Although 44 Member States presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), only a handful of them included key stakeholder groups such as young people in their national review mechanisms. Many groups, such as the Indian medical students, thus develop shadow reports to provide alternative viewpoints and statistics to contrast with the official findings. Whether governments even care to read these “alternative” reports, however, remains unknown." (Photo: University of the Fraser Valley/flickr, CC BY 2.0)