Throughout the months of November, December and January (2013/2014), youth activists from around the world will start organizing to ensure HIV remains a priority in the post-2015 agenda and that sexual and reproductive health and rights gets recognized for the first time ever in major UN goals.
In 2015, the timeframe to achieve the targets set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will run out. Since its adoption in 2000, young people have been working together to keep world leaders on track. However, one of the main critiques of the MDGs was that the goals were developed in a top-down approach, without the involvement of civil society groups including young people.
We live in a different world from the one that policymakers were faced with in 2000. Young people now have the opportunity to truly influence the post 2015 global development agenda.
After all, we will be the ones implementing it…
The PACT – a collaboration of 25 youth-led and youth-serving organizations – together with UNAIDS are launching ACT 2015: one goal, many voices–a movement building initiative that aims to secure a post-2015 development framework that advances the SRHR and HIV response for young people. ACT 2015 also aims to inspire action on the priorities of youth activist within national AIDS responses.
Using online technology to reach young people on the ground, in the first phase we are asking youth activists like yourself to sign up and host community dialogues for social action throughout the months of November, December and January. The community dialogues are a tool for you and your peers to share your own stories, find solutions and commit to action:
- What’s the reality in your country?
- What are the needs of young people living with HIV?
- How does HIV affect you?
- How can we be the generation that gets to the end of the AIDS epidemic?
Don’t worry–this is NOT another consultation. Taking action is a critical part of our success. It doesn’t matter how big or small–as part of ACT 2015, we ask you to do something.
In the second phase of ACT 2015, after the community dialogues, we will follow-up at the country-level and provide you with the tools to mobilize and take action in your community based on the needs you identify in the dialogues.
We believe that young people need to work together—to share ideas and inspire action across communities, across countries, across regions, across the world—to decide our own futures and create social change.
Together, we can agree and advocate for a post 2015 framework that ensures sexual and reproductive health and rights and addresses the realities of young people today.
The PACT is a collaboration across the following youth-led and youth-serving organizations:
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
HIV Young Leaders’ Fund (HYLF)
International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) – Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents & Girls (CYWAG)
International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA)
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN)
Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)
Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (Red Lac J+)
Uganda Network of Young People living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA)
Y+ Programme (affiliated to Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)