About Us

As you may know, the International AIDS Conference is the largest international gathering on a health-related issue and a premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV. The conference brings together technical experts, policy makers, persons living with HIV, and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent developments, explore new opportunities, and learn lessons from the field.

Since the Barcelona International AIDS Conference in 2000, the YouthForce has served as the collaborative mechanism for young people, organizing and mobilizing youth leaders and ensuring their access to key government and civil society leaders. As a matter of fact, through this coordination, youth voices are heard, programs and research that affect youth are discussed and evaluated, influential adults are rallied to support youth-led programming, and international commitments favorable to youth are made.

These strategies have been so successful during the past five IACs (in Barcelona, Bangkok, Toronto, Mexico City, and Vienna) that the YouthForce has been widely hailed as pivotal in keeping youth issues at the forefront of the international HIV/AIDS agenda. This is why until today, the YouthForce has become a powerful example of successful youth-led advocacy that uses innovative tactics tailored to changing demands. It is critical that the YouthForce maintain its momentum and support so that young people can continue to serve as effective advocates for the needs and rights of their peers around the world.

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Partners & Sponsors

Find out more about our partners and sponsors for the youth activities for AIDS 2012.



From the Blog

Read the DC YouthForce Blog to find updates before the conference, throughout the conference and after the conference from our team.

Social Media & Web 2.0 advancing Human Rights

We promised to write up some notes from the session held today called The Utilization of Social Media & Web 2.0 to Advance the Human...

The YouthForce Declaration (in progress)

Below are the results from our Declaration 4 Change project.

Top 10 ideas

All young people have the right to sexual and reproductive health services that...