The Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference on sexual and reproductive health (SARSYC) will be held under the theme, YOUTH SRHR AND THE POST2015 AGENDA: A TIME TO INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE TO HARNESS THE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. The theme of the conference is founded primarily on the proposed incoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the post 2015 development agenda and informed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The year 2015 marks the end of the lifeline of the MDGs and marks the beginning of the SDGs; hence the conference will focus on calling the young people from Southern Africa to take the lead in the post 2015 SRHR Development Agenda through spearheading the attainment of SDGs that uphold young people’s SRHR.
It is further premised on the conceptualisation of young people as a strategic demographic group whose well-being has potential to spur positive socio-economic and political transformations. Within that perspective, guaranteeing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of young people is not only a human rights imperative, but It is fundamentally a socio-economic and political necessity. The theme captures the intention of students and young people in Southern Africa to inform the post 2015 development agenda as well as other platforms and strategic developmental issues that affect young people.