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Last day of the High Level Meeting on HIV. And the youth?
Jun 10th, 2011 - 09:42:19
Key Advocacy Messages for Youth 2011 FINAL Youth Caucus.doc
The High Level Meeting closes today – What’s next for young people?
After 3 days of panels and discussions, today the High Level Meeting comes to an
end. 10 years ago, leaders of the world endorsed the Declaration of Commitment
and today, a Political Declaration that is far from ideal will be endorsed by
member states. The document was ready on the first day of the HLM so the 3 days
of the meeting focused more on having high level discussions and panels to
discuss issues related to funding, new interventions, leadership among other
The Youth panel took place yesterday with the participation of Dr. Babatunde
Osetimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Erik
Solheim, the Minister of Development from Norway, the Vice-minister of Health
from Germany and Michel Sidibé, ED of UNAIDS. Young activists such as Pablo
Torres from Dance4Life, Gaj Gurung from Youth LEAD and Princess Nuru from Uganda
Young Positives were able to make their points related to human rights, scaling
up prevention and paying attention to most-at-risk-populations. The Ministers
from Norway and Germany committed to keep supporting efforts led by young people
and the UN officials also did the same.
This afternoon young delegates will be meeting for the last time during the HLM
to debrief and talk about next steps. Representatives from organizations such as
ITPC, Youth Coalition, the HIV Young Leaders Fund, GYCA, Advocates for Youth,
GNP+, the World AIDS Campaign, IPPF-WHR and Youth RISE have been meeting
throughout the week to ensure that there is a feasible follow up plan that can
be used at the national level to ensure that governments, agencies and youth
organizations are hold accountable to their promises. Attached you will find
some of the key messages that young people developed for the HLM.
The week comes to an end with a global call for Zero new infections, Zero deaths
related to AIDS and Zero discrimination but also with a call for renewed
commitment and leadership on the response to the epidemic. Don’t forget to visit
www.unaids.orgfor more information, videos, pictures and documents.