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There is considerable concern that the world will miss its target of reducing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) below 100,000 by 2020. Yet, never before have the evidence, tools, and science on effective prevention been more readily available than they are now. There is consensus on the effectiveness of combination prevention, including mobilization for structural factors such as gender inequality and Gender-Based Violence. Game-changers such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV self-testing, and cash transfers promise to accelerate results if scaled-up effectively. What is needed is a considered utilization of the available data to ensure targeted interventions, and inspired leadership to tackle policy and social barriers. This high-level forum will stimulate dialogue on the extent to which nascent, country-owned responses have elevated AGYW participation in the national and regional discourse; showcase innovative campaigns to galvanize a sustainable movement; and examine whether existing investments are sufficient to turn the tide.

Opening Remarks
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF, United States
Lessons Learned from DREAMS and the challenge that lies ahead
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, United States
Setting the Scene - Reflections on state-of-the-art in girl-centred and combination prevention approaches, and the current response on AGYW prevention in the African Region
Linda-Gail Bekker, South Africa
Panel Discussion Part I: Mounting Effective National Responses to the AGYW Prevention Gap
Vidhya Ganesh, UNICEF, Botswana
Tapuwa Magure, National AIDS Council, Zimbabwe
Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa
Message: Global Fund’s Commitment to accelerating HIV Prevention among AGYW
Marijke Wijnroks, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland
Panel Discussion Part II: A Changing of the Guard – How ready are we?
Julie Pulerwitz, Population Council, United States
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF, United States
H.E. Mme. Monica Geingos, First Lady, Namibia
Closing Remarks
Chewe Luo, UNICEF, United States