Sunday, 1 December 2013


1st December, 2013.

1. World AIDS Day is a day dedicated by the international community to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, and to demonstrate support for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
2. The theme for this year is getting to zero: Zero HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths
3. There are more than 5.4 million young people living with HIV in the world, and according to youth development index: on average, the prevalence of HIV amongst youth in commonwealth countries is 2.1%, two and half times the global average
4. Young people aged 15–24 accounted for 42% of new HIV infections. Among young people living with HIV, nearly 80% (4 million) live in sub-Saharan Africa
5. The CYC is concerned about the Sexuality and reproductive health rights of young people in the commonwealth.
6. Many young people in the Commonwealth do not have adequate access to information and services related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
7. The CYC would like to use the 2013 world aids day to advocate for more youth awareness on issues related to HIV/AIDS.
8. The Commonwealth Youth Council advocates for greater access to youth friendly health services in all member states.
9. We encourage all member states to increase investment in the creation and sharing of information on sexual and reproductive health rights.
10. We encourage other youth organizations to get involved and support all initiatives to promote HIV/AIDS awareness among young people.
11. The CYC will support and partner with governments and stakeholders willing to invest on youth health related issues.
12. We are calling for Heads of governments and other relevant partners to identify and act upon opportunities for young people to be engaged and mobilised on sexual and reproductive health and rights through all possible mediums, especially social media.
13. CYC is calling for an active engagement of young people in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV policies, services and programmes,.
14. Young people get involved, and let’s your voices be heard.

Link to the Video Message:

Thank you,

Ahmed Adamu,
Commonwealth Youth Council
Marlborough House
Pall Mall, London
SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom
Tel: +447867289539, +44 (0) 20 7747 6388

Video of the World AIDS day message by Ahmed Adamu

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