In July 2011, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF jointly organised the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on Sexuality Education and Gender, with a Special Focus on Adolescent Girls. The meeting offered a platform for countries to share their evidence and experience and gain information and tools on how to effectively invest resources in sexuality education programs and policies. There was a special focus on how to reach adolescent girls – both in terms of sexuality education but also in wider development priorities. The meeting covered a broad range of topics including: international guidance on sexuality education; implementation of sexuality education programmes in and out of school; criteria for assessing quality and costs; attention to gender issues; and inclusion of adolescent girls in programmes. Good and promising practices were presented and discussed and smaller group sessions allowed participants the opportunity to share more specific tools, experiences, and local adaptations to global guidance.
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