We, the Ministers of Education, Health, Gender, and Youth and senior government officials

commit ourselves to step up efforts to ensure adolescents’ and young people’s access to good quality CSE and youth-friendly SRH services in the ESA region, and to work in partnership with young people, parents, civil society, and community and religious leaders to achieve the goals set out in the 2013 ESA Commitment.


In young people’s development, including strategic investment in health, education, and social protection programmes for adolescents and young people, while creating an enabling environment for CSE and SRH by harmonizing legal and policy frameworks.


Increased coverage and access to age-appropriate, scientifically accurate,, inclusive CSE and SRH services for all girls and boys, both in and out of school, to address the disturbingly low HIV and AIDS knowledge levels and the challenges adolescents and young people still face in accessing SRH services.


In programmes that keep children in school, particularly girls in rural and poor communities, and ensure that schools are safe and equitable places for learning.


Legislation to eradicate child marriage; strengthen child protection systems (with an emphasis on legal reform); and promote the development of programmes that strengthen norms and standards that eliminate discrimination based on gender, age, socio-economic status, or disabilities.


That interventions and resources are well targeted and strengthen data collection mechanisms at all levels while ensuring that data is disaggregated by sex, age, economic status, and geographical location.


Our efforts to accelerate action for young people’s access to CSE and SRH services to guarantee that young people attain and enjoy full and healthy lives by 2030.ion.

Learn more about the Commitment


#TBT Swedish Minister Mr. Gustav Fridolin (Center) with Swedish Ambassador to Zambia (second from right) and his team, and UNESCO staff during his tour to Zambia in January 2018. #CSE #YouthSRHR UNESCO UNESCO YouthUnesco Regional Office for Southern Africa ... See MoreSee Less

Wonderful to have young reporters asking their questions to our high level panelists today at @UNESCO #UNESCO dialogue hosted by South Africa's Dept of Basic #Education on scaling up #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENOW #YouthSRHNow Children's Radio Foundation #SaveTheChildren

[Photos by Czerina Patel]

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