Day 2 of Steffi's blog (July 19): I Spotted A Princess!

10 PM A quick update from Vienna!  Had a very busy but exciting day here: went to the World AIDS Conference and talked to a lot of people -not all interesting for IHAEC, but I found two potential good partners:WGNRR (spoke with their youth coordinator)  and Yuwa Nepal ( part of the Global Youth Coalition). Tomorrow I have a meeting with people from Y-peer (I´m attending one of their workshops), the International Planned Parenthood Federation and MTV Staying Alive. I´m also going to approach other big organizations such as Choice, Act up, GNP+. Problem with these booths is that it´s almost never the representative that's there, but mostly volunteers. Anyway, I feel that I´ll get back with some good info, possible partners and lots of inspiration for IHAEC - plus tons of pictures, of course! Off to bed now.Sweet dreams!x me 10 AM A big day today, because it was the opening of the Youth Pavilion. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended this opening and even gave a speech. In her speech she expressed her support for youth fighting against AIDS and confirmed her belief in this young generation. She was friendly, talked to all the Youthforce members and seemed truly inspired by them. After this event I walked around, observing all the booths and talking to some inspiring people. I'm happy to tell you that the first connections with possible IHAEC partners were made: both the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights and the Global Youth Coalition were very interested in our work! Tomorrow I'm meeting a delegate from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and I'll be attending a Y-peer workshop. Now I'm off to ‘Fish and Chips, Twice Please?!' Wish me luck ;) Steffi