“What’s the Law Got to Do with It?” Side event at the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference

Date: 
18 Sep 2013
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

ESCAP worked with UNESCO and UNFPA to co-organize a side event at the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, held in Bangkok from 16 to 20 September 2013 and entitled “What’s the Law Got to Do with It?”. The event addressed the range of legal and policy issues that shape young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV information and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Developed and delivered in partnership with young people, participants present at the event were challenged to consider the legal and policy context of countries in the region, and what steps countries needed to take to further promote adolescents’ and young people’s access to SRH and HIV services. The session drew on the first-ever joint United Nations review of the issue entitled “Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services”.

To enhance audience participation a polling activity was undertaken with each participant using a ‘voting device’ to respond to questions, such as age of consent for HIV testing and age of legal responsibility, asked by the moderator. A panel, including young people, further elucidated related issues concerning access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV information and services, before a video produced for the event was shown.