The 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 30th November to 4th December 2015. Meeting at the side-lines are young people from across the African continent and the world, mobilizing voices in support of youth priorities in the Post 2015 agenda to end AIDS by 2030.
The Youth Pre-Conference took place from 27th to 28th November 2015, with more than 200 young people taking part in engaging discussions and sessions. These looked a number of issues – from the status of young people in the new Sustainable Development Agenda and why there is a need to invest in harnessing the demographic dividend; country experiences on issues such as the age of consent in service delivery; and vaccinology – to issues of access to services, reproductive health commodities and working with vulnerable groups and communities.
During two days of discussions, young people collated ideas, opinions and recommendations that informed the outcome statement at the closing of the Youth Pre-Conference. With the statement, participants at the conference decided to be the ones making commitments for a change. To read the full statement, CLICK HERE.
Speaking at the closing, one of the long-time champions of the ICASA YouthFront, Dr. Asha Mahmoud of the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office challenged participants to fully engage in the conference. She told participants the pre-conference was a platform for them to prepare to navigate the main conference. Young people must be accountable and fully represent the youth voice at this opportune time.
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