aids2031 2009 Young Leaders Summit
26 June 2009
Thirty young leaders from around the world came together in Oslo June 23 - 25 for the
aids2031, in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, hosted the Summit to promote and galvanize young leadership in the fight against AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.
"We are here to talk about the future- but more importantly we are here to make the future" said HRH Princess Mette-Marit in her opening remarks welcoming the young participants.
I believe that young people are the future, and offer my support to young leaders because they are a force for change.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé addressed the forum as an Advisor Participant. “I believe that young people are the future, and offer my to support young leaders because they are a force for change in the future,” said Mr Sidibé.
UNAIDS has made empowering young people one of its priority areas as noted in Outcome Framework: Joint Action for Results
UNAIDS calls for “putting young people’s leadership at the centre of national responses, providing rights-based sexual and reproductive health education and services and empowering young people to prevent sexual and other transmission of HIV infection among their peers.”
Before and during the three day Summit, over 30 young leaders from around the world worked together to identify pressing stigma and discrimination issues for young people and identify ways to leverage current strategies and collaborations. The event was designed by a youth-led planning committee and followed the first aids2031 Young Leader’s summit held at the Google Headquarters in California in 2008.
Young leaders reviewed the recommendations of aids2031's researchers, scientists, and practitioners for building a long-term response to AIDS. On the closing day of the Summit, they shared their recommendations on how to address youth AIDS issues for the aids2031 report, “An Agenda for the Future.”
They hope their recommendations for policy-makers, international institutions, the media, funders and other young people are considered, and called for their collective implementation.