1 Dec, 2016

Message on World AIDS Day 2016: Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi

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Today, as we commemorate World AIDS Day, I would like to draw attention to the importance of addressing young people’s specific needs in the fight to end AIDS by 2030. While the HIV response has made considerable progress in reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, serious gaps remain, and young people still carry a

8 Nov, 2016

The Need to Empower Young Women and Adolescent Girls

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Young women and adolescent girls are disproportionately affected by HIV—in 2015, 75% of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa were among adolescent girls aged 10–19 years. There is still an urgent need to promote prevention programmes for young women and adolescent girls, to realize the sexual and reproductive rights of young women and adolescent girls

4 Aug, 2015

‘We were judgmental of young people’

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Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls. We were not friendly to young people. We were judgmental,” says Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning. Now we know what young people need, we’re special to

23 Feb, 2015


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DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY HOUR 30 ADOLESCENTS ARE INFECTED WITH HIV? 2100000 are living with HIV worldwide. It's time for us to take action! ALL IN is about bringing everyone together to stop adolescent deaths, infections and violence.  Here’s the challenge: AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. But simple

18 Feb, 2015

Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents

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NAIROBI, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic. AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among

1 Dec, 2013

Statement by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth: Take action on World AIDS Day!

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On this World AIDS Day I’m calling on young people around the world to stand up and be counted. The negotiations on the post-2015 development framework have begun – and it is clear that we need to put young people centre stage. There is no doubt that the AIDS response has yielded tremendous results for […]

13 Nov, 2013

“Young people demand HIV services that respond to their needs:” UN Envoy on Youth in Dubai

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Taking place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two-day “Regional Forum on HIV Prevention among young people in Arab States” kicked off earlier today. Addressing the forum, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, stressed the importance of including young people in this work: “HIV prevention has been driven largely by activists, […]

6 Oct, 2013

UN Envoy on Youth visits SOS Villages- South Africa

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As part of his mission to South Africa, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, made a stop in the SOS village in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on 5 October 2013. Welcomed by the regional director, the Envoy visited the different facilities and programmes that SOS Villages run. He also joined a group of youth representing […]

4 Sep, 2013

Young People to Lead a New Wave of Community Mobilization and Political Advocacy against AIDS – CrowdOutAids Strategy

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Young people in South Africa are facing the challenge of creating a movement to overcome the impact that the AIDS epidemic is having on their lives. Recently, UNAIDS brought to Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 24th of May 2013 young people from around the country to discuss ways to effectively empower youth to take the […]

3 Sep, 2013

Changes in Peru’s Penal Code will Enable More Young People to Access HIV Services

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The Constitutional Tribunal of Peru is amending the Article 173 in its penal code which for many years had criminalized consensual sexual activity among young people. Sentencing was particularly severe with adolescents facing up to 30 years in prison. Article 173 of the penal code was also preventing young people from accessing essential health and