International advocacy


UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Youth RISE will be blogging live from this years UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March. The CND Blog is a project of the International Drug Policy Consortium and it is regularly updated with contributions from Youth RISE and other IDPC member organisations. The website address is The blog is a great way to find out your government’s positions on global drug policy. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the central policy-making body of the UN drug control system. Despite its key mandate, the CND chooses to work in secrecy – its meetings are not webcast, minutes or summary records are not available to the public, and the reports of the meeting are extremely limited. The CND Blog is a joint civil society effort to ensure transparency and provide hour-by-hour records of the discussions and decisions adopted at the CND.

UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum

Following recommendations of the CrowdOutAIDS project launched by UNAIDS last year, the Youth Advisory Forum was developed as a mechanism for open dialogue and exchange between UNAIDS and the diverse youth constituency.  The tasks of the YAF includes: provision of strategic advice to the UNAIDS Secretariat on policies and programmes related to young people and HIV, advise the UNAIDS Secretariat on effective strategies and tools to promote meaningful youth participation and leadership in the AIDS response at country, regional and global level, foster partnerships between the UNAIDS Secretariat and key youth constituencies, and co-lead advocacy efforts.

Inter Agency Task Team – Young People

The UNAIDS Inter agency task team on HIV/AIDS and young people (IATT/YP) was established in December 2001 to address the growing threat of HIV to young people around the world, and to
contribute to a UN system accelerated and expanded response towards achieving the ICPD+5 and UNGASS goals relating to young people. The main purpose of the task team is to undertake interventions that are catalytic in enhancing programme approaches on HIV prevention among young people at the operational/country level. Youth RISE co-chairs the harm reduction group for the IATT YP.

UNODC Civil society team

Youth RISE is part of the UNODC civil society team made of of NGO’s from around the world tasked with helping to iIncrease the participation of civil society organisations in the international drug policy debate and increase the partnership of civil society organisations in the UNODC’s regional and thematic areas of work.


CrowdOutAids is UNAIDS Secretariat’s online strategy development project on engagement of young people in the AIDS response. So far they have engaged some 5 000 young people in online and offline Open Forums, with participants from more than 85 countries.  It is the first time in UN history that a strategy is built using crowdsourcing technology and social media tools.

The process is now moving into the next phases: finding solutions and creating a strategy for collective action. This moves the initial broad dialogue into a more in-depth strategic discussion about concrete actions that UNAIDS should take.