Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population, Youth Program Coordinator and Research Associate
Dear young friends from across Asian Pacific Region and around the world,
It is a great honour to welcome everyone to this special Youth Conference held as part of the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) in beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam from the 27th to the 30th of November 2017.
I would like to thank you all for attending this crucial regional youth conference which plays an important role in gathering a wide cross-section of young people together, including LGBTIQ, young people with disability and youth from different backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities, who are engaged in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This Youth Conference is a great opportunity to promote meaningful participation in addressing SRHR challenges that affect us all.
Your meaningful participation demonstrates your commitment and willingness to strengthen our voices, exchange knowledge and take action in promoting sexual and reproductive health justice and rights. This will contribute to the achievement of the International Conference on Population and Development – Programme of Action (ICPD-PoA) and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals related to SRHR.
By gathering together in this Youth Conference, we – young people are empowered and proactive. We not only to learn and share our experiences but also to speak up and take action for our sexual and reproductive health and rights. This happens not just now, not just here, but also in the future as we return to our own countries.
We need to move forward together to prove that the young generation are a vital voice in contributing to a better future for everyone.
I am looking forward to welcoming you to the 9th APCRSHR and this youth conference.
Le Hoang Minh Son,
Chairperson of the Youth Conference, the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual and Health and Rights