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Youth Programme Aims to Strengthen the Participation of Young People at AIDS 2012

Group at laptopIf previous International AIDS Conferences Exit Disclaimer are any indication, young people will comprise one of the most actively engaged delegations at AIDS 2012. This is welcomed news, as the leadership and involvement of young people is critical to the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., young people aged 13 to 29 accounted for 39% of new HIV infections in 2009. Globally, an estimated 3,300 young people between 15 and 24 become infected each day.

The aim of the AIDS 2012 Youth Programme Exit Disclaimer is to strengthen the participation and profile of young people at AIDS 2012. Major activities will include a Youth Pre-Conference and reception from July 18 – 20 and the Youth Pavilion. Located in the Global Village (a community space open to conference delegates and the general public free of charge), the Youth Pavilion will serve as the main hub for youth activity and networking. Beyond the Global Village, the larger conference program will also feature sessions with a particular focus on key issues affecting young people.

A pocket guide listing all youth-related activities and an online roadmap of relevant sessions will be available during the conference. Throughout the week, rapporteurs will attend youth-themed sessions and events, and a summary report on the week’s major developments will be presented before the closing session on Friday.

To encourage young people’s participation, AIDS 2012 organizers are offering heavily discounted registration fees for young people under age 26 (delegates must be at least 18 years old to register). For young people from high-income countries such as the U.S., this discount brings the registration fee down to $280 (from $940) if purchased before the last minute deadline of May 4th. More information on registration  Exit Disclaimer, including registration types and fees Exit Disclaimer, is available on the conference website Exit Disclaimer .

The Washington, D.C. YouthForce Exit Disclaimer is a coalition of youth organizations that work together to leverage the presence of young people at the International AIDS Conference. Since its inception in 2004, over 1,500 young people have participated in conference planning. Applications Exit Disclaimer for membership on one of several Washington, D.C. YouthForce planning committees are due on Monday, March 12th.

The latest updates on the AIDS 2012 Youth Programme can be found on Twitter (@youthaids2012 Exit Disclaimer ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/youthaids2012 Exit Disclaimer).

Complete conference information is available at http://www.aids2012.org Exit Disclaimer.

Comments

  1. A dozen students from Davidson College already are registered for AIDS 2012 and have submitted a proposal for a booth in the Global Village. While we are there, they would love to meet with members of the AIDS.gov team to learn more about what you do and how they an help.

  2. Ricky Davis says:

    hello aids.gov Miguel and Michelle this is your old friend from Second Life. I am glad to see that there are youth activities for the 2012 aids conference. I will be doing some hubs from second life and know just thought of doing a hub for the younger generation at teen commons a great way to use technology to bring awareness to our youth.

  3. best Fly says:

    I like this poste. I am glad to see that there are youth activities for the 2012 aids conference

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