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Girl Summit 2014 - a future free from FGM and child and forced marriage

On 22 July, UK hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilizing efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). FGM and CEFM affect lives millions of girls worldwide and ending this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. 

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AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration

AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration launched at International AIDS 2014 conference calls for the eradication of discrimination against people living with or at risk of HIV, to ensure equal access for all people to HIV prevention, treatment and care.

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All In: ending the epidemic among adolescents

Adolescents aged 10–19 are among the people most neglected by the HIV response, yet AIDS is the second biggest contributor to adolescent death globally and the main contributor in sub-Saharan Africa. During a satellite session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, adolescents and young people, high-level government officials, donors, researchers and youth service providers explored ambitious but effective ways of better protecting this key group.

At the 20 July session, called Ending the Epidemic in Adolescents, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé announced a joint UNAIDS/UNICEF initiative entitled All In. The initiative aims to ensure that adolescents infected and affected by HIV are not left behind. It is intended to become a global movement to close the prevention and treatment gap and will be concentrated in 25 countries that represent 90% of AIDS-related deaths and 85% of new infections among adolescents.

To ensure that the movement is built from the grass roots and shaped by the meaningful involvement of the focused group, Mr Sidibé asked adolescents and young people to engage and help shape the way forward for All In.

The satellite session provided an opportunity to exchange information and ideas, with presentations of the latest data on the epidemic among adolescents, which show that comprehensive knowledge about the virus, condom use, HIV testing and treatment coverage are still low in most countries. Young people living with and affected by HIV also shared their experiences and challenged assembled government and United Nations officials to do more for the AIDS response.

In addition, highlights of a Youth Action Plan, developed at this year’s youth preconference event held on 18 and 19 July, were discussed. The plan is designed to ensure that young people are at the centre of the global movement to step up AIDS advocacy, policy and treatment.


CSO statement on Open Working Group 13 outcome document

Women's Major Group, representing 500 women's human rights, environment and development organizations that have engaged substantively in the negotiations of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), published a statement on the outcome document from OWG13 - proposal for SDGs.

WMG welcomes the progress achieved and raises critical red flags on the content and level of ambition encased in the proposed SDGs. The red flags reflect on insufficient attention on women's rights (SRHR and gender equality goals among other critical points), including no recognition of the necessity of providing comprehensive sexuality education to all young people, in and out of school.

Read the statement here, along with the press release available here.

Outcome document of the OWG13 on SDGs is now available

The General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals has agreed on a proposal for SDGs. The proposal is available hereThe 13th and last session of the OWG was held on July 14-18 but in practice ended late Saturday. The first phase of a 2-year policy process at the United Nations, in which member states proposed a new set of global goals for sustainable development has now officially ended. The new set of goals will replace the Millenium Development Goals and will determine the new development routes and funding commitments. ASTRA's representative from Georgia was part of the SRHR activists group working together with the Women's Major Group.

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