ICAAP 9 – Youth Statement by the Bali Youth Force

Bali Youth Force is an integrated alliance of local and international youth organizations and young people from Asia and the Pacific coming together to collectively advocate for the rights of Young People at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. It is a united team of a diverse region.

The following recommendations are a compilation of the outcome of a month long online consultation with more than 50 Young people across Asia and the Pacific, as well as the experiences and inputs of over 130 youth delegates at the two day Youth Pre Congress.

1. Achieve meaningful youth participation

All young people have the right to meaningfully participate in programmes and policy making processes that affect their lives. Several international documents such as the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS, Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action, the Beijing Platform for Action as well as the Millennium Development Goals recognize and endorse this. Our governments have committed to implement the provisions in these documents.

Decision-makers must:

  • Institutionalize youth-adult partnerships in all local, national and international processes
  • Ensure democratic processes for youth participation to have leadership role in developing, implementing and monitoring programmes and policies
  • Ensure capacity-building for young people to access and engage effectively with policy processes

2. Strengthen financial commitments for youth-led and youth-serving initiatives

Youth-led organizations and groups have demonstrated a positive impact at international, national and local levels in responding to HIV and AIDS. Governments and donors must:

  • Increase long-term funding for youth-led and youth-run initiatives
  • Ensure adequate resources for operational and programme costs for sustainability
  • Ensure youth access to existing funding mechanisms, making them youth-friendly

3. Mainstream Human Rights in the HIV and AIDS response for ALL young people

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all people have the fundamental right to life, health, livelihood and dignity. These rights need to be respected, protected and fulfilled for all young people, including but not limited to:

  • Girls and young women
  • Orphans, street children and other vulnerable young people
  • Young people who inject or use drugs
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people
  • Young sex workers
  • Young people in juvenile homes and prisons
  • Young people living or born with HIV
  • Young people living with disability

Human Rights Principles must be applied to all components of the HIV response from prevention and testing to treatment, care and support for all young people without discrimination.

4. Fulfill young people’s sexual and reproductive rights

Governments must respect, protect and fulfill young people’s sexual and reproductive rights, including but not limited to:

  • The right to comprehensive sexuality education which enables young people to make informed decisions about their lives
  • The right to comprehensive and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, especially condoms, contraceptives, safe abortion, emergency contraception, management / treatment for sexually transmitted infections, voluntary counseling and testing for HIV
  • The right to express and enjoy their sexuality

5. Eliminate stigma and discrimination against young people (esp. marginalized young people)

Stigma is an obstacle for effective HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support for all young people. Universal access cannot be achieved without eliminating stigma and taking affirmative action. Young people living with HIV and other young people from key populations face layered stigma, thus increasing vulnerability. Governments and decision-makers must:

  • Develop , enforce and monitor comprehensive anti-discriminatory laws and policies in partnership with communities
  • Ensure adequate capacity-building and earmarked funding within all programmes for addressing stigma and discrimination

2 Responses to “ICAAP 9 – Youth Statement by the Bali Youth Force”

  1. 1 Bruno R Magala August 30, 2009 at 15:37

    Thanks to the management and staff of ICAAP, the aim of making this short response is to inquire the procedures of making affiliate between ICAAP and the local human rights organizations in developing countries of Africa. we are NGO organization registered in Tanzania East Africa as a human rights and welfare based institute for youth and other people in East Africa. our
    organization’s name is CONTINETAL YOUTH WATCH DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION ( CYWADO ). on high expectations, we shall be very grate ful if we are considered for an affiliate membership.

    God bless you
    Bruno R Magala

  2. 2 Emmanuel October 2, 2009 at 18:35

    its a nice statement!!!

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