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close this bookCompendium on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. Young people in action (UNAIDS, 2001, 69 p.)
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"...The basis of discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS is fear, and this fear comes mostly from wrong or distorted information... so, our first step had to be to correct misunderstandings about how HIV is transmitted...", says Franciscus, a young medical student from Indonesia, interviewed in this kit.

Indeed, when and where misinformation, taboos, prejudice and fear regarding HIV/AIDS predominate, fundamental human rights are repeatedly abused and violated. Young people are often those most vulnerable and exposed. At the same time and as shown in this kit, many young people are demonstrating their commitment to take up the challenge and reverse successfully this situation.

The last couple of years of the epidemic have confirmed the tremendous potential of young people to change the course of the epidemic. They are a powerful force for change in their own households, in the lives of their peers, and in the community.

Yet, much more is needed. We therefore hope that this kit will provide young people with information, motivation and inspiration to undertake that creative, daring and crucial action needed to make respect for human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS become a reality for all.

Koiro Matsuura, Director-General, UNESCO.

Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is mandated to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms.

UNESCO’s contribution to the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemics, in co-operation with UNAIDS co-sponsors, Member States, civil society partners and the private sector, concentrates on:

· Integrating HIV/AIDS preventive education into the global development agenda and national policies,

· Adapting preventive education to the diversity of needs and contexts,

· Encouraging responsible behaviour and reducing vulnerability,

· Exploring the ethical dimensions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is the leading advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS. It brings together seven UN agencies in a common effort to fight the epidemic: the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. UNAIDS both mobilizes the responses to the epidemic of its seven cosponsoring organizations and supplements these efforts with special initiatives. Its purpose is to lead and assist an expansion of the international response to HIV on all fronts: medical, public health, social, economic, cultural, political and human rights. UNAIDS works with a broad range of partners - governmental and NGO, business, scientific and lay - to share knowledge, skills and best practice across boundaries.