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The United Nations has invited young people to create and shape the new UN strategy on youth and HIV/AIDS through an online collaborative project launched Tuesday, according to an article on the UN website.
The project, called CrowdOutAIDS.org, will use several social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and personal blogs — and will run for a period of two months. Anyone aged 15 to 29 will be able to submit and share their ideas and proposals for the strategy.
CrowdOutAIDS.org is run by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The project’s name alludes to the popular concept of crowdsourcing, which consists of outsourcing a project to a group of people as opposed to outsourcing the task to an individual.
“We’re asking youth around the world to debate, draft and work with UNAIDS to implement this new strategy,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a statement on the UN website. “It is absolutely critical that we engage young people – not as recipients of our message but as the actors and creators of change.”
According to a news release issued by UNAIDS, nearly 3,000 young people aged 15 to 24 become infected with HIV every day.
“It is important to involve young people in policy development in order for our views, expectations and aspirations to be fully represented,” Jennifer Ehidiamen, a blogger and journalist from Nigeria and online content curator for the project’s website, said in a statement on the UN website.
“CrowdOutAIDS.org is an innovative way to build a strong community, interested in sharing solution-based ideas and actions on AIDS,” she said
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