On 20-22 of May in Hammamet, Tunisia, Youth RISE joined other key global and regional youth organisations to develop a PACT for social change in the AIDS response.  The meeting involved a free space for the development of a youth strategy and solidification of a cohesive HIV youth movement, and also fed into the UNAIDS youth policy and strategy.  It was an important meeting that youth organisations had been calling for for some time and allowed the youth movement to define its own direction, priorities and goals.

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In  April, the HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) sponsored an Advocacy Training for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia program grantees in Tbilisi, Georgia.Youth RISE and HYLF have been partners and working together since HYLF’s inception and for this reason, Youth RISE was invited to co-facilitate the training.  Our IWG Nicole Fereirra from Portugal on behalf of Youth RISE travelled to Georgia and co-facilitated training on Advocacy, Human Rights, Drug Policy, Youth Participation and Youth Friendly Harm Reduction Services, and promoted interactions between the grantees and other organisations, networks and stakeholders. Continue reading