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Why are we still failing young people?

Why are we still failing young people?
  • © UNESCO/M.Ravassard

Countries all over the world have pledged to provide education on HIV and AIDS to at least 95 percent of young people by 2010. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to meet this target.

In a statement at the eve of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, UNESCO's Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, expressed his concern that young people are at the centre of the global AIDS crisis and are disproportionately affected by the epidemic.

He emphasized the importance of providing evidence-based and age-appropriate sex, relationships and HIV education, in which schools have an important role.

For the full Op-Ed article by the Director-General, click here

Related links

UNESCO's programme on sex, relationships and HIV education

UNESCO at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico

UNESCO's work with Young People and HIV & AIDS

  • Source:UNESCO
  • 31-07-2008
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