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Very Young Adolescents

Very young adolescents (VYA) is a term used to refer to young adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14. This age range is an important time in the development of a person’s sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing – many young people start to experience a variety of physical, emotional, mental and social changes. They may begin experiencing and experimenting with different forms of attraction towards others, and it is an important time for many to explore and begin to define their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, SRH programming for this age group is still very much in its infancy, as most programmes do not distinguish between early and late adolescence, lumping all of them in the 10 to 18 or 10 to 24 age range.

See also: Adolescent, Youth

Voluntary National Review

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) has a review mechanism called the Voluntary National Review (VNR), which encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of their progress achieved in implementing the SDGs at the national level, by signing up for this voluntary review process. During the review portion of the HLPF, the states under review are asked to prepare and present a report on their progress in implementing the SDGs, with the aim of facilitating a sharing of experiences and lessons learned. The preparation of the VNR is supposed to be a participatory and inclusive process, and civil society is encouraged to take an active role. UN member states that have signed up for the VNRs are expected to broadly consult civil society and include their input on the state's progress in implementing the SDGs into their official state report. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can also provide ‘parallel’ or ‘shadow’ reports alongside the official state report, which provide an alternative picture on how the state is implementing the SDGs.

See also: 2030 Agenda, High-Level Political Forum, Shadow Reporting, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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