World youth to play more active roles in fight against HIV/AIDS

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Participants at the World Youth Summit on AIDS, which ended Sunday in Bamako, Mali, have called for action to secure financing for a sustainable response to HIV/AIDS.

In a statement, delivered Monday to Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure, the participants stressed the need to put in place a mechanism to fund programmes against the pandemic and support their involvement.

The summit, which had the theme: "Emergence of a new generation of leaders in the face of AIDS", planned to assume leadership in the fight against AIDS and to build capacity among networks of young leaders and organizations.

Attended by 250 youths from 70 countries and establishing a framework for dialogue and exchange on key issues related to HIV/AIDS infection, especially among young people, the participants said their commitment must be translated into sustained action in terms of prevention and use of new information technologies to better inform and educate people about the pandemic.

They also called on policy makers to channel their commitments in favour of the youth, while recalling that young people pay a heavy price for the disease and should therefore be at the heart of policies and programmes and be part of certain decision-making bodies.

They expressed commitment to preserving human rights and eliminating stigma and discrimination as part of the legislative frameworks.
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19 Abril 2011 14:01:39

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