December the 1st is World AIDS Day, 30 years since the first case was identified. 30 million people have died as a result of AIDS since then and young people account for half of all new infections, that's approximately 3 million a year. Here at Restless Development we want to see that figure reduced and eventually eradicated and you can help us on the 1st December by getting involved in some of our online activities!
On 3 December at Poonamallee on the outskirts of Chennai 500 students from four districts across Tamil Nadu – Vellore, Chennai, Thiruvallar and Kanchipuram – will gather for the Big Event. The aim of the day is to raise awareness for HIV and will take place in 30 countries.
December 1 is World AIDS Day, 30 years after the first case was identified. In that time 30 million people have died as a result of AIDS. But, as this short film shows, incredible advances in science made this year mean that for the first time we can speak credibly about bringing an end to AIDS.
Earlier this month, in a packed lecture theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, our CEO Eric Levine spoke about why we think advocacy is so important for development. The event was the first in a series of discussions on advocacy and development organised by the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and ONE.
From October 13-16th 2011 the Jan Sobieski hotel in Warsaw, Poland, became home to some of Europe’s most active and outspoken youth activists to discuss the international state of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) from youth perspectives. I’m an active member of the Student Stop AIDS Campaign coordinated by Restless Development and attended on the organisation’s behalf.
Our Chief Executive has been named as one of the top 40 under 40 leaders in the development sector. The award recognises the work that Eric has put into the development sector and also the work that he has led here at Restless Development.
After three months of advertising and multiple rounds of interviews led by our Trustees – supported by our country programmes, young staff and the International Senior Management Team we are very pleased to announce that a decision and appointment has been made for our new Chief Executive, to take on the mantle from Eric Levine who leaves us at the end of November.
It is with great excitement that we announce that Nicholas Hartley, our current Deputy Chief Executive, was selected unanimously by our Board of Trustees, and that he has agreed to take on the post starting in November.
Nik has been with Restless Development since 1998. He was based in Zambia for half of that time leading the direction of our programmes across Africa and Asia including the set-up of our flagship programmes in Sierra Leone and Zambia, and more recently as Deputy Chief Executive based in the UK. Nik has been in international development his whole working life, with a focus on community development, education and young people. Before his work with Restless Development he gained long term programmatic experience in Bolivia, Guyana and Jamaica.
Nik says that his appointment as Chief Executive “is the second most exciting moment in my life - the first was getting married [in Zambia two years ago!]. I feel very honoured indeed to have been offered this fantastic opportunity. Restless Development has built into such a dynamic organisation and leading agency in its field, that the opportunity to take it forward to continue its brilliant work and fulfil its extraordinary potential is one I relish.”
Our Chairman, Martin Hayman says “We are extremely pleased with the outcome, and in no doubt that we have selected the right person to take up the reins of Restless Development.” You can read more from Martin in the official announcement letter here.
We are very excited to be entering a new phase at Restless Development with Nik when he takes up the reins in November. We will also wish Eric well for the exciting future endeavours that lie ahead – knowing he will always be part of the Restless Development family! We will certainly be asking him for more thoughts on his time with Restless Development in due course. Watch this space...
Last week saw the United Nations High Level Meeting on Youth to mark the end of the International Year of Youth. Jessica Harris, our Director of Investment and Partnerships attended and spoke at a one day side event entitled ‘Giving it Back, Passing it on: Corporate Engagement and Youth Philanthropy as Pathways to Development’. The event was attended by over 500 youth activists, philanthropists, private sector and foundation representatives and they were honoured to be joined by the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. You can view speeches in full or view the day’s event by webcast at http://social.un.org/youthyear/high-level-meeting.html
Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General says “The Facebook generation is showing a growing resolve to change our world – and a capacity to make things happen. They are bringing their energy and courage to some of the most difficult issues we face,” at the opening of the High-level Meeting on Youth on 25 July. Find out more http://bit.ly/ovNneC
In the run up to the International Youth Day and during a meeting on youth taking place in the run up to the International Youth Day taking place in New York next week, the International Year of Youth Strategy Partners are launcheing the Put Youth At The Heart of Development campaign.
Support the campaign on Facebook by liking it and sign the petition here.
Student Stop AIDS campaigners have lent their support to the thousands of activists who marched through New Delhi today. They voiced their concern about the free trade agreement between the EU and India that would restrict access to affordable medicines.