[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Every two years, the International AIDS Conference brings together leading scientists, public health experts, policy makers, civil society organisations and HIV-affected individuals to share their experiences, their discoveries, and their aspirations for the global HIV response. This year, over 12,000 delegates will attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. With almost 150 youth events, AIDS2014 will have a strong youth focus and represents an important opportunity for young people to showcase their achievements and work to shape the HIV agenda.

IATT member organisations including Youth LEAD, Youth Voices Count (YVC), the Global Youth Coalition on AIDS (GYCA), HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF), UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA will all be in attendance, facilitating a range of events highlighting the need for programming to address and involve YKPs. The IATT has developed a Youth Roadmap to help young people navigate the many youth-specific events, performances, presentations and workshops that will take place over the five day conference (please click the image below to access).  We have also prepared a key messages document to help those at the conference advocate for the rights of YKPs and identify promising practice and priorities for researchers, health-care workers and programme, policy and law-makers. You can access the document by clicking the image below.

The Global Village and Youth Pavilion will run programmes parallel to daily plenaries, symposia, abstract-driven and satellite sessions.  Young people will also be able to network, share information and participate in workshops through the Networking Zone. Lunch with leaders events will allow young people to speak directly to politicians, directors of international NGOs and senior UN officials about daily networking themes including the human rights of young people, community empowerment and initiatives, sexuality education and youth-friendly health services.

Thanks to technology, more young people than ever will have the opportunity to attend virtually. All sessions presented during the conference will be recorded and uploaded to the AIDS 2014 YouTube channel so that young people who cannot attend can stream presentations free of cost. An AIDS2014 App is also available and you can build your own programme at http://pag.aids2014.org/.

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