Young people have a right to meaningfully participate in decision-making spaces – to support young people’s engagement in international advocacy processes CHOICE has developed a series

of youth-friendly resources which aim to demystify UN processes and make them more accessible to young people

Keep coming back!  We regularly update this section with new resources!

advocacy at the un

So, you’re going to the UN! Now what? Whether it’s your first time or whether you are already a well-weathered advocate, preparing to attend a New York based UN event like the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), or the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t need to be!

Let our infographic guide you to become the UN advocate we know you are!

So, you’re going to the UN – infographic
CHOICE advocates in front of UN Headquarters in New York

2030 agenda

Also referred to as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or simply as the Global Goals, the 2030 Agenda provides a global blueprint for international development for the coming fifteen years. The 2030 Agenda consists of 17 SDGs and 169 Targets which cover a broad range of development issues, including improving health and education, gender equality, combatting climate change, and ending poverty.

Together with Rutgers, we developed a resource that will help you incorporate the 2030 Agenda and SGSs in your advocacy work. Download the youth friendly guide to effective SRHR advocacy using the 2030 Agenda
You can also read all about the 2030 Agenda in our 2030 two-pager.

cpd – commission on population and development

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) helps the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to monitor, review, and assess the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA) at national, regional, and international levels and advises ECOSOC on: issues and trends regarding population and development strategies, the ICPD PoA etc. The CPD takes place yearly in New York to address key thematic issues which include adolescents and youth; ageing; environment; family planning; fertility; HIV/AIDS; international migration; marriage and unions; mortality ; population policies; population trends and urbanization.

Download our Factsheet on the CPD in English, French or Spanish!

CHOICE advocacy in the works at the CPD

csw – commission on the status of women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) helps the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to monitor, review, and assess the implementation of the Beijing Programme for Action (BPfA) at the national, regional, and international level. Every year member states gather at UN headquarters in New York to discuss issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and to negotiate a series of action-oriented outcome documents in the form of agreed conclusions and resolutions based on one of the issues highlighted in the BPfA.

Download our Factsheet on the CSW in English, French or Spanish.
CHOICE present at the CSW in 2016

HRC – Human Rights council

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an important part of the UN system which is responsible for the strengthening, promotion, and protection of human rights around the world. This Factsheet provides you an overview of the essentials: what is the HRC, why is it important, and how you can engage with it.

Download our Factsheet on the HRC in English, French and Spanish.
CHOICE youth advocates at an advocacy training in Geneva


“PP? OP?? BIS? TER?” WHAT?! With all of the different terms flying around, at times it really can feel like the United Nations (UN) has its own special language, and it can be difficult to break through all the confusing technical jargon. CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality has developed this guide especially for youth advocates who are advocating for young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in order to help them successfully navigate language advocacy at the UN.


Download our UN Language Tool

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