Young People Leading the HIV Response
July 17, 2016
The event was aimed at providing a platform for young people to acquire skills and get their views reflected in the conference outcome documents, to strengthen dialogue among young people on youth-led accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals, to take stock of youth engagement in the AIDS response and to develop a strategy for transitional leadership within the youth movement.
During the two-day event, a session was held on preparing for the fourth phase of the ACT!2015 initiative, which will run through to December 2017. ACT!2015 is a youth-led social action initiative to inspire a new wave of activism in the AIDS response by using social media and online technology to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, spoke to the participants about the critical role that young people can play in holding governments accountable for their commitments to the AIDS response and for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Speakers at the closing session included Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and Princess Sikhanyiso of Swaziland.
This article was provided by UNAIDS. It is a part of the publication The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Visit UNAIDS' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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