This post originally appeared on the International Family Planning Conference home page on November 11, 2011 and can be viewed here.

With 12 young leaders and 150 adolescent participants attending, young people will play a prominent role in the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning according to Robert Wm. Blum, chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In this video, Blum details why it’s critically important to involve young people in the conference and the many ways that they will help shape the proceedings. “I could think of no group more important to reach about these [family planning] issues than young people,” says Blum.