Global Young Leaders Summit on HIV/AIDS opens in Bamako

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Global Young Leaders Summit on HIV/AIDS opened Friday in Bamako, under the chairmanship of Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Some 250 delegates from all continents are attending the meeting, organised by the Malian Government, in collaboration with the UNAIDS, whose Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, is from Mali.

The summit, being held under the theme 'Leaders of the new generation initiative', aims to imbue young people with the capacity to take leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS and to make sure that commitments made by policymakers on future progress are honored.

It is also an opportunity to enable the youth to make their input into the document to be produced after the high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, to be held by the UN General Assembly next June.

According to UNAIDS, the youth accounted for 41 per cent of new infections in 2009, while 4.9 million young men and women are living with HIV/AIDS.

Young women are particularly vulnerable, as they represent 64 percent of infections among young people globally.

According to UNAIDS, the last few years have seen a steady increase in the mobilisation of youth and in the number of youth networks addressing HIV.
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