AIDS on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads meeting
26 November 2007
The need to further engage young people in the AIDS response was a key element of discussion at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (GHOGM), which took place in Kampala, Uganda.
UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Deborah Landey joined Uganda AIDS Commission Director General Dr David Kihumuro Apuuli and youth representatives Johnah Josiah of Kenya and Mobafa Baker of Trinidad in a plenary session at the meeting, focusing on the health of young people. During her intervention, Ms Landey discussed the importance of engaging young people in the HIV response.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is a biennial meeting convening representatives from 53 member states. The commitment to young people played a significant part in this year’s meeting, which was officially opened by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Deborah Landey took part in the meeting as part of a country visit to Uganda where she also met with various leaders in Uganda’s AIDS response from government and civil society.