Young key populations, under the leadership of Youth LEAD and Youth Voices Count, came united with one voice at the Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS in January 2015 and demanded governments to not leave them behind.

A youth caucus was held to prepare them for the Meeting and they came up with a consolidated youth statement to be lobbied at the CSO pre-conference and at the IGM itself.

A side-event on young people and the law, supported by UNESCO and UNFPA, highlighted the need for governments to repeal laws and policies related to age of consent that creates barriers for young people in accessing HIV and SRH services.

The IGM came out with a report that highlighted concerns of increasing number of infections among young key populations and the need to ensure that programmes were tailored to their specific needs.

Youth LEAD at the IGM | Poster: young people and enabling environment in AP | UNESCO’s blog on IGM