C/O International AIDS SocietyChemin de L’Avanchet, 331216 GenevaSwitzerland
Dear Members of theGlobal Village Working Group,
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we are writing to you in order to share thekey messages that over 300 young people will be advocating for through the conjunctefforts of over 20 different organizations and under the Vienna YouthForce umbrelladuring the XVIII International AIDS Conference in just a couple of weeks more!The messages shown below were built through an e-consultation process that collectedinformation from over 80 different countries with more than 300 respondents, and are thebasis for an advocacy campaign which has successfully produced several types of visibility materials that will be displayed both at the IAC and throughout the city of Vienna.
So what do we want to tell the world?
in particular through three key priority areas:1) the right to confidentiality and no discrimination of young people; 2) the right to healthservices that assure access to family planning services, contraceptives, condoms andSTI treatment, and 3) the right to comprehensive education regarding sex, HIV, sexualand reproductive health and drug use.Moreover, we call for UN bodies to grow their promotion work around the Convention of the Rights of the Child, and governments and relevant stakeholders to use a humanrights framework for HIV education, the promotion of the rights of young lesbians, gay,bisexual, transgender, transexual, queer, young sex workers and young drug users asan effective and best practice for addressing the human rights of young people. We wantour governments to stop being ‘passive’ when defending human rights of young people!We call for
especially around: 1) changing drugpolicy and stoping youth criminalization; 2) developing comprehensive educationregarding drug use; 3) increasing age desegregated data collection and drug policyassessment; 4) promoting access to harm reduction services for young people, and 5)increasing awareness and understanding of sex work and drug use.Furthermore, we call relevant parties to develop capacity building opportunities andcomprehensive evidence-based education regarding drug use and sex work. We wantthe UN and its member states to address the criminalization of drug possession for personal use and sex work as a means of living, and the discrimination, stigma andviolence towards drug users and sex workers!