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On August 12, 2014 a group of young parliamentarians from Honduras established the "Parliamentary Youth Initiative from Honduras", during a meeting supported by UNFPA. The event was held as part of the celebration of International Youth Day, During the forum the participants conformed an all-party group of young parliamentarians for the legislative period 2014-2018, whose main purpose is to promote an agenda for youth. They also adopted a document (in Spanish) called the Route to the Legislative Agenda for Honduran youth, where the parliamentarians point out that Honduras is a signatory to various conventions protecting the rights of children, youth, and for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, among others. Hon. Fatima Mena and Hon. Scherly Arriaga both IAPG members lead this initiative. To see the Declaration click: pag1, pag2 pag3
From 25 to 27 February 2014 a select group of parliamentarians gathered at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to attend the Forum titled: “Strengthening Parliamentary Leadership Towards Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries”. The main objective was to analyze and share information and lessons learned as well as to launch the Global Parliamentary Network for UHC, to engage parliamentarians around the world in advocating UHC within the political debates of the post-2015 agenda. Participants from 9 countries and experts from WHO and Rockefeller Foundation attended the meeting: Ms Maria Ivone Soares (Mozambique), Ms Sahar Alqawasmi (Palestinian Authority), Mr Amery Browne (Trinidad & Tobago), Mr Sharon Garin (Philippines), Ms Gabriela Montaño (Bolivia), Mr Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka (Ghana), Mr. Chris Baryomunsi (Uganda), Mr Van Tien Nguyen (Vietnam) and Mr Marco Antonio Núñez (Chile). The participants adopted the Bellagio Declaration as a firm commitment to continue their efforts to advance and move forward the UHC agenda.
The meeting of international parliamentarians took place on April 23 to 25th in Stockholm, Sweden, and was co-hosted by UNFPA, European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, the Swedish Parliament, the Swedish All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The three-day International Parliamentarians Conference on ICPD was attended by 500 participants and concluded with the adoption of two forward-looking documents: the Stockholm Statement of Commitment, and the Declaration on Human Rights. Parliamentarians reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of the Programme of Action. The IAPG delegation from the Americas was present with 27 parliamentarians who were particularly active and central to the adoption of the outcome documents.