The UNAIDS Youth Programme works with youth as beneficiaries, partners and leaders of the HIV response. It is founded on three cornerstone principles, with a robust, cross-cutting focus on advocacy: policy, participation and partnership.

The Youth Programme was launched in 2012 and was based on the CrowdOutAIDS recommendations developed in collaboration with more than 5000 young people. It advocates for evidence-informed policy through increased strategic information and fosters a decentralized, organic youth-led movement in the AIDS response. The Youth Programme strengthens young people’s leadership skills and their ability to operate in a framework that advances evidence-informed HIV responses. 

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“AIDS-related deaths are rising among only one population group and that is young people. We will fail to achieve the end of AIDS if national policies and practices continue to restrict young people's access to HIV, sexual and reproductive health services. We must tackle the determinants of HIV risk and vulnerability and facilitate the realization of young people’s rights so that they can achieve their full potential in life.”


Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director