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Regional initiatives

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, speaks with young people in India about preventing HIV/AIDS.

Providing young people with the skills, information and services they need to avoid HIV infection is the aim of the African Youth Alliance (AYA), an exciting partnership that brings together governments, UNFPA, international and national NGOs, and the private sector. Leading the AYA are UNFPA, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and Pathfinder International—with funding of $57 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2001, the partnership expanded programmes in adolescent HIV prevention and reproductive health in four African countries: Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda.

In 2001, the Governments of numerous African countries adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as an indigenously owned and initiated continent-wide development framework, with an emphasis on eradicating poverty and putting all African countries on a path of sustained and sustainable development. UNFPA and other UN agencies are exploring modalities for supporting the initiative, with the UN Economic Commission for Africa coordinating their efforts.

In Thailand, a Hmong woman carries her child. Building on positive values found in all cultures, UNFPA supports HIV prevention in diverse societies.

The European Commission/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health is the largest-ever programme of cooperation between the European Commission (EC) and UNFPA. The EC/UNFPA Initiative works together with 19 European NGOs and more than 60 local partners towards improving reproductive and sexual health in seven South and South East Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam). HIV prevention is a priority in all programmes.

UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO are jointly initiating the project Meeting the Development and Participation Rights of Adolescent Girls, with almost $23 million from the United Nations Foundation for planning and the first two years of implementation. Countries participating in implementation phase of the project are Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Mongolia, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sao Tome and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

UNFPA sponsored a symposium at the 6th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, sharing experiences on HIV prevention interventions addressing political commitment in India, trafficking of women in Nepal, youth-friendly services in Viet Nam, condom use in Cambodia, and behaviour-change among youth in Fiji.

A joint UN initiative to prevent HIV among adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics has created a virtual online network that links 36 youth NGOs and 98 NGO members from the regions. It is also providing training for a team of “master trainers” to promote peer education in the region.

UNFPA provided support to the Latin American Network in Adolescence and Sexual Education to introduce innovative education strategies for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, sexual violence and for gender equity and community participation in 17 countries.

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