What is the IATT/YP?

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on HIV 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. UNFPA and UNICEF are the co-convening agencies for the IATT/YP.

The IATT/YP enables an accelerated, harmonized and expanded global, regional and country-level response to increase young people's utilization of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. Membership includes the UNAIDS secretariat and UNAIDS co-sponsors (UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, World Bank), along with a growing number of youth networks/associations, donors, civil society, and research institutions.

The IATT/YP is one of the Task Teams that have been created within UNAIDS to foster cooperation among the many agencies and partners responding to the AIDS pandemic in specific technical and sectoral areas. The role of UNFPA and UNICEF is to facilitate policy discussions and coordination and to provide programmatic advice and strategic guidance, in addition to acting as the IATT secretariat.  

Goal of the IATT/YP

To foster a joint accelerated, harmonized and expanded global, regional and country-level response aimed at increasing young people’s access to and utilisation of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services to reach the goal of universal access.  

Specific Objectives

  • To advocate with key global, regional and country level partners a harmonized approach to ‘knowing the epidemic’ as it affects young people and scaling up gender- and rights-based, evidence-informed and sustainable HIV interventions for young people – particularly for those groups of adolescents and young people most at risk and vulnerable to HIV infection;
  • To build the capacity of Joint UN Teams on AIDS and/or Technical Working Groups on AIDS and partners at country level to scale up HIV prevention, among young people ;
  • To provide evidence-informed policy, operational, and technical guidance on country level planning, management and implementation of HIV interventions for young people;
  • To produce strategic information and tools, including M&E tools, to track progress on implementation and inform further programming;
  • To promote collaboration and harmonisation within and across organisations, including UN agencies for more effective gender and rights based global, regional and country level responses to the AIDS epidemic among young people. These responses should be linked and coordinated with broader youth related initiatives and should exploit linkages between existing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV efforts;
  • To support and broaden networking and collaboration amongst stakeholders,  in order to galvanize the international community and mobilize resources (through working with international financing institutions) to reach the goal of universal access
  • To identify, disseminate,  and advocate for gender- and rights-based good practices in, and evidence-informed approaches to, HIV programming for young people; and,
  • To support global/regional initiatives on HIV and young people organized by UN system organisations and other key partners.

Terms of Reference 

The TOR spells out the task team's specific objectives, roles and responsibilities, selection criteria and functional mechanisms.

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Working Groups

The IATT/YP may establish core and/or ad-hoc Working Groups to implement and coordinate specific, time bound activities on behalf of the IATT/YP.  Prior to 2011, the IATT/YP formed four working groups: (1) Advocacy and resource mobilization; (2) Programmatic and technical; (3) Strategic information; and (4)  Most-at-risk young people.

In 2011, the IATT/YP revised the working group structure to create six working groups in line with key strategic priorities:
  • Comprehensive knowledge
  • HIV Testing and Counseling
  • Condoms
  • Harm Reduction
  • Young People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Strategic Information and Monitoring

Work Plans

2011-2012 Work Plan. The 2011-2012 Work Plan for the IATT/YP is currently being developed and will be available shortly.

2010 Work Plan

Annual Reports

2009 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report