Stepping up the pace

2015 is a critical year for our world, youth and the HIV/AIDS response.

World leaders, after consulting millions of people around the world and leading months of negotiations, have adopted new global goals to address poverty and achieve sustainable development. These will define development for the next 15 years and shape the lives and experiences of our generation. One of the targets includes, ‘By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases’. You can read more about how HIV works and global statistics here.

At the same time, we have reached a moment where today’s generation of young people is the largest in history. In fact, the number of young people in the world is starting to peak. Now is the time to unleash the power of young people to end poverty and ensure all have healthy lives. Without young people at the heart of development, the world won’t make progress.

Finally, the AIDS response has produce astonishing results, but there is a wide gap between our achievements and our goal to end AIDS by 2030. Therefore, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment;

We have a fragile 5 year window to ensure that the world is on track to end the AIDS epidemic. Seizing this opportunity to fast track the response to HIV will save millions of lives – and the costs of not doing so are unthinkable” UNAIDS Executive Director, 2015

That’s where Youth Stop AIDS comes in; we need to make sure that the efforts of governments and institutions go beyond ‘business as usual.

Number of deaths each day from AIDS-related illnesses

“Chances like this are rare. The global response to AIDS has defined our generation – and to see that through to completion would be one of the greatest achievements of humanity. But we must act now, or we’ll find the AIDS and TB epidemics accelerate away from us again’’ Diarmaid McDonald, STOPAIDS