27 April: ‘Back in Our Capitals, We Have to Walk the Talk,’ Says Population Commission Chairman
While members agreed, despite reservations, to give full attention to meeting reproductive health service, information, education needs of young people, the Population Commission concluded its 45th session on Friday. During the session, many youth delegates had spoken candidly about their experiences and expectations throughout the week-long session, said Population Commission Chairman late Friday following adoption of a key draft resolution, reminding members that “what really matters is what happens outside this room, when we are back in our capitals,” where, “we have to walk the talk, to move from paper to people.”The consensus adoption of the 10-page Chairman’s text on adolescents and youth came after protracted consultations. Hasan Kleib of Indonesia had pressed the 47-member Commission to “make a last effort to bridge differences”. Unless delegations had a “violent” reaction to the text, “let it go”, he had said; “the perfect is the enemy of good.” His text was not completely satisfactory to all, however, he had said it was balanced and he had reminded delegates that what was at stake were the pressing needs of the millions of youths and adolescents worldwide. “Consensus is the basis for our work,” Vice-Chair Pio Wennubst of Switzerland had said, similarly urging the text’s adoption. Having served as facilitator for its passage, he stressed that it was critical that the needs of adolescents and youth be answered “now”, and not “in 10 years”.

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