HIV now. Youth now. Civil Society Now.
Thirty years after the discovery of the first cases of HIV and AIDS, governments have gathered at the United Nations in New York to evaluate progress towards eradicating the pandemic, and determine further action. This week’s High Level Meeting marks ten years since the international community originally called for increased political and financial commitments towards ensuring universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.
In this context the participation of the civil society organizations have been crucial to influence goverments’ positions in order to ensure that the High Level Meeting’s outcome document can respond to our countries’ needs and realities.
With recent news that 2,500 young people are newly infected each day the need to uphold youth health and rights is great.
As part of the work of the civil society organizations, the youth led organizations have been working at a national, regional and world level to assure that the world response to HIV and AIDS its developed in a framework of respect and promotion of the human rights, especially the sexual and reproductive rights. That’s how the IPPF/WHR youth advocacy team has been working hard to make that the voices and positions of the young people from Latin America and the Caribbean are heard.
HIV/AIDS represents a serious challenge for our region, and the entire world, and its clear that so far the strategies adopted haven’t been enough to curb the global pandemic. That’s why it’s fundamental that during this three-day meeting, goverments assume a higher level of commitment to the fight againts HIV and AIDS, and as youth people we are here to work for it.