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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_custom_heading text=”WHAT WE DO” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:14|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1413795379662{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;}”][mk_custom_sidebar sidebar=”sidebar-18″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text title=”CURRENT INITIATIVES” disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The Task Team’s activities for 2014 are described under the following areas:

  • Young people from key populations in the Asia-Pacific region are engaged and capacitated to con-tribute in national AIDS responses.
  • Capacity of policy makers and programmers in the Asia-Pacific region developed to address YKP issues in national policies and plans.

The following activities align with the Task Team’s focus as outlined in the 2014 Work Plan.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”NewGen Leadership Course”]The NewGen Asia Leadership short course was developed in 2011 through a partnership between young people, UN agencies, civil society and academic institutions. It is a highly interactive and engaging course that aims to build the leadership capacity of young people from key populations to better engage in national AIDS responses.

The course was initiated by Youth LEAD and developed over a nearly one-year consultation, writing and piloting process led by Youth LEAD in partnership with the Youth Research at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and supported by UN partners: UNFPA, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNAIDS.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-bullhorn” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

NewGen Leadership Course in Asia Pacific [mk_padding_divider size=”73″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Ongoing engagement with and support to key regional networks”]A number of youth-led and youth-serving networks are members of the Task Team, including HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF), Youth LEAD, and Youth Voices Count (YVC). These members ensure that the lessons learned from their activities inform the work of the Task Team, including advocacy, interventions and guidance.

Similarly, Task Team members play a role in providing technical support to these networks, and links to relevant global opportunities. In recent years,these networks have grown from strength to strength and are recognized as key regional civil society organization partners in advocating for issues of YKPs.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about these ongoing initiatives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-group” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Ongoing engagement with and support to key regional networks [mk_padding_divider size=”80″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Input into Tool Kit for Service Providers for Young Drug Users”]A stakeholder consultation facilitated by Save the Children and UNICEF was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 25-26 November. The consultation was attended by approximately 20 people representing service providers, outreach workers and young people who use drugs who provided input and feed-back into the draft tool to inform subsequent development.

An updated version of the toolkit is currently being developed and will undergo professional layout in early 2014, with service delivery pilots taking place shortly thereafter in a number of locations, potentially including Nepal, Myanmar and various countries in Eastern Europe. The final toolkit is expected to be re-leased around the time of IAC 2014 .[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-tools” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Input into Tool Kit for Service Providers for Young Drug Users [mk_padding_divider size=”80″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Analysis of national AIDS strategic plans for attention to YKP issues”]A small working group of the Task Team (led by UNESCO, with participation from GNP+, Save the Children, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF EAPRO, UNICEF ROSA, and UNFPA) has been supporting an analysis of NSPs in the Asia-Pacific region for attention to YKPs. The review aims to identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps in how NSPs address young people from key populations in identified areas and make recommendations on further integration of YKPs in NSPs.

The analytical framework for the review draws on investment framework approaches to identify core interventions, guidance documents on comprehensive packages for key populations, and other analytical frameworks that have been developed globally and in the region for NSP analyses on different thematic issues. The report is near-final, and will be released around the International AIDS Conference in 2014.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-search” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Policy / legal review of issues affecting YKP [mk_padding_divider size=”137″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Short courses for policy-makers and programmers on understanding the focus on young key populations”]To further advocate for YKPs and their rights, policy makers and programmers need to be informed and capacitated to address their issues in national policies and plans. The Task Team developed key tools and publications to aid policy makers and programmers in their capacity development.

One of these tools is a short course on understanding the focus on young key populations in concentrated and low HIV epidemics. The outputs of this project include:

  • Documentation and sharing of lessons learned on country-level training in 2012 (Bangladesh)
  • Evaluation results of August 2012 course (4 month follow) up made available
  • Documentation of use of the online short course materials and additional courses (country or regional level)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-reading” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Short courses for policy-makers and programmers on understanding the focus on YKPs [mk_padding_divider size=”119″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Young People and the Law in the Asia-Pacific: A review of laws/policies affecting young people’s access to SRH and HIV services”]A groundbreaking study on the impact of laws and policies on young people‟s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services was released at the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP11). The report, “Young people and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services”, was commissioned by UNESCO, UN-FPA, UNAIDS, UNDP and Youth LEAD and authored by John Godwin.

Over 400 key legal and policy documents from 32 Asia-Pacific countries were analyzed for the report, making it the first systemic review of its kind in the region on this issue. Focus group discussions with young people were also undertaken to elicit their views and experiences in accessing SRH and HIV services, including on issues such as age of consent, age and marriage requirements for services, and attitudes of service providers.

This year the IATT will work to promote findings from the review and advocate for improved access to SRH services for young people. Laws that restrict access to SRH services by preventing people under 18 from consenting to medical interventions or requiring parental consent will be a particular area of focus.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-balance” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Young People and the Law in the Asia-Pacific:
A review of laws/policies affecting young people’s access to SRH and HIV services 
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[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Evidence review of young people selling sex”]Health Equity for All has been a partnership initiative to better understand the needs of adolescents engaged in selling sex in accessing health services, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and HIV services. HYLF has been leading the initiative with the participation of UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNAIDS, Save the Children, among others.

It has been a one-year piece of work, and has included a literature review, a community level consultations in a handful of countries with young people from diverse back-grounds with experience selling sex under the age of 18 and a regional consultation that took place in November in Bangkok with young people from diverse backgrounds working with communities of young people selling sex under the age of 18.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-puzzle-4″ style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Evidence review of young people selling sex [mk_padding_divider size=”115″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Lost in Transitions: Current issues faced by adolescents living with HIV in Asia Pacific “]The Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) undertook a year-long work programme in 2013 to better understand the issue of adolescents liv-ing with HIV. This included a literature review, in-country formative research and a regional consultation.

The regional consultation, entitled “My Right to Health” was held in Bangkok from 16-18 February 2013. The meeting brought together 14 adolescents and young people living with HIV from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to share their experiences of living with HIV and identify strategic actions to address shared challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-stack-list” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Lost in Transitions: Current issues faced by adolescents living with HIV in Asia Pacific[mk_padding_divider size=”73″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Evidence review on young MSM and transgender people”]Evidence is an integral advocacy tool in the assessing interventions for YKP. The Task Team has taken strides and is leading globally in key publications focused on issues of YKPs. This is why the Task Team engaged in an Evidence review on young MSM and transgender people which has the following intended to finalize an analysis of strategic information and programme availability for YMSM and young transgender people as well as generate corresponding advocacy messages.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQ2ElMjBpZCUzRCUyMmN1cnJlbnRfZG9jdW1lbnRhdGlvbiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmElM0UlM0MlMkZwJTNF[/vc_raw_html][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_padding_divider size=”38″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-book” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Evidence review on young MSM and young transgender people [mk_padding_divider size=”80″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Documentation and dissemination of good practice in programming”]Sharing information and good practice is key to the work of the IATT. UN agencies and CSOs are committed to sharing lessons learned to improve policy, outcomes and advocacy for YKPs in the region.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider size=”41″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQ2ElMjBpZCUzRCUyMmN1cnJlbnRfc2Vzc2lvbnMlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNFJTNDJTJGcCUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][mk_padding_divider size=”41″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to read more about this initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-bubble-star” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Documentation and dissemination of good practice in programming [mk_padding_divider size=”53″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Sessions developed and delivered at key events to build awareness of YKP issues”]International conferences and key fora provide a valuable opportunity for promoting YKP issues, sharing information and giving YKP a voice in national and international policy debate. The IATT works to support YKP to participate in these events through financial and technical support as well as work to improve access through communication technology and social media.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQ2ElMjBpZCUzRCUyMmRlZmluaXRpdmVfcmVwb3J0JTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGYSUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_padding_divider size=”60″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to view a list of developed sessions and key events.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-new” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

Sessions developed and delivered at key events to build awareness of YKP issues [mk_padding_divider size=”48″]

[/mk_icon_box][mk_padding_divider size=”10″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ title=”Definitive report on strategic information on young people”]Although HIV risk among adolescents and young people is well-documented, there is still a need for better strategic information on young people at higher risk of HIV exposure. To improve the collection and reporting of strategic information on young people from key populations, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNAIDS have published “YKPs at Higher Risk of HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Making the Case with Strategic Information”.The publication draws on the outcomes of an expert meeting on Methodologies for Obtaining Strategic Information on Young People at Higher Risk of HIV Exposure, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 3-5 September 2012 .

It is designed to be used by national HIV and AIDS programme planners and managers, and those work-ing in local, national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations that commission, collect and use data about YKPs for advocacy, policy-making, and programming. Although the guidance focuses on the Asia and Pacific region, it likely has wider global application and use.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Click here to view a list of developed sessions and key events.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][mk_icon_box text_size=”12″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”moon-certificate” style=”boxed” icon_size=”medium” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”top” circled=”false” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_circle_color=”#10c2f9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”10″ txt_color=”#000000″]

DEFINITIVE REPORT ON STRATEGIC INFORMATION ON YOUNG PEOPLE [mk_padding_divider size=”182″]

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