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I believe in young people: Involve them

Statement from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the occasion of World Aids Day 2010.


We are at a crossroad. We see positive trends in several countries, where the spread of HIV is reversing. That does not mean it is time to rest. It is time for doubling our efforts. Now when we start to see real results, we must continue and not lose focus.

We must secure leadership for the future. The UNAIDS report issued in July launches Treatment version 2.0. To reach the goals stipulated in the report we also need Youth Leadership 2.0. So let us imagine Youth Leadership 2.0.

Imagine a radically improved system that identifies and organizes emerging youth leaders world wide in a structured and effective way.

Then Imagine proper support for young leaders to maximize their effectiveness and scale up their response. That this system gives youth the space, visibility and credibility to lead trough the transfer of knowledge, loyal support and mentorship.

Now imagine a funding system that understands the power of youth, and therefore radically increases long term funding and creates stabile financial conditions for youth led initiatives.

Finally imagine youth to be the drivers of eradicating this disease because the world’s leaders gave them a chance, not only because they owe youth, but also because they owe the families affected by this epidemic to fully draw upon the knowledge of the people who live at the heart of this disease.

I believe in young people. Involve them.

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