Young people leading change: how the SDG targets to end the AIDS epidemic and ensuring universal access to SRH services will be met

November 10, 2015

In September, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally adopted. Goal 3 focuses on ‘maximizing healthy lives and achieving wellbeing for all’. HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) will be addressed as targets under this goal.

To really make a difference for young people living with and affected by HIV over the next 15 years, we will need strong measurement, monitoring, and financing systems that are fully accountable and include all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, community-based organizations, and people from marginalized groups.
STOP AIDS NOW! co-organised a youth-led side event to discuss how young people can play a central role in the implementation and accountability of the SDGs. Young community leaders, UN representatives, advocates, and parliamentarians spoke with passion about difficult and sensitive issues, such as sexual rights, LGBT, and the human face of the epidemic. They also discussed the strong, meaningful and influential role young people can play in making a difference and holding governments to account. 
Read the meeting report here.