Young people represents today over 1 billion people in the world! This generation has power to create social change. They represent a huge diversity and their needs and rights must be respected and promoted so they can fully exercise their human rights. For that, young people must be involved in all political spaces that are discussing issues that affect them.
In July 2018, Amsterdam will host the 22nd International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2018, at the RAI. The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. At AIDS 2018 around 22,000 scientists, advocates, community leaders and activists will come together to advance the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Young people are essential in creating a response to HIV and AIDS that will reach the end of the epidemic. Young people are also people living with HIV, sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBTQI and many other groups that are key in creating a future without HIV and AIDS. The engagement of young people in the AIDS 2018 is for this reason fundamental. Every International AIDS Conference, a group of young people and youth organisations come together to create the Youth Force. This group is an essential part of the International AIDS Conference, acting as a platform to unite young people and those who support a global agenda that places young people at the centre of the Global HIV response. In order to ensure the participation of young people in the lead up to and during this conference we are looking for active people between the ages of 15 – 26 to help found and lead the Amsterdam Youth Force.
On Saturday June 17th, 2017, the Amsterdam Youth Force (AYF) will organize its kick-off meeting giving you a chance to attend and participate in the formation of the AYF. During the meeting you will receive more information about the International AIDS Conference and the role of youth and the Amsterdam Youth Force.
If you are between 15-26 years old and are interested in contributing to the Amsterdam Youth Force join us in our kick off meeting. The meeting will take place on Saturday June 17th 2017, at Mama Cash office, 17D Eerste Helmerstraat, 1054 CX. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14th, 2017.