UN High Level Meeting on AIDS and Youth Summit


Following up on our advocacy during the UN Civil Society Hearing on Universal Access in April, the Youth Coalition headed to the High Level Meeting (HLM) on AIDS in New York from June 8-10th. The HLM reviewed progress of the implementation of the 2001 Declaration of Commitment and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV & AIDS. While at the HLM, the YC delegation and its partners advocated to:

  • Empower young people to take ownership of the HIV response.
  • Support stronger partnerships between young key-affected populations and the HIV response.
  • Achieve Universal Access to ALL HIV prevention technologies, including comprehensive sexuality education, access to male and female condoms, youth-friendly HIV counselling and testing, and harm-reduction programs and treatment.
  • Acknowledge and respond to the diversity of young people.
  • Address the legal, policy and social barriers that young key-affected populations face beyond prevention, treatment, care and support needs.
  • Include focused programming for specific youth populations most affective by HIV.
  • Ensure that the socioeconomic needs of young people living with HIV are addressed, including the availability and sustainability of ARVs and treatment options.
  • Support integrated funding of sexual and reproductive health and HIV interventions for youth.

Youth Summit

Immediately prior to the HLM, the YC delegation co-organized a Youth Summit (along with Advocates for Youth, the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Federation-Western Hemisphere Region, and Youth R.I.S.E.), bringing together over 60 youth advocates from all over the world to review the HLM process, develop advocacy strategies to hold governments accountable, and set clear actions that young activists can do in the short, medium and long-term.

The YC delegation’d report of the HLM and the Youth Summit will be available here shortly.

Read the final outcome document of the 2011 HLM on HIV/AIDS:
Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS