Levi Singh
Strategic Adviser on Youth AfriYAN, SRHR Africa Trust

Levi Singh is a 25 year old, Youth Development Advocate from Durban, South Africa. His Advocacy focus in the Youth Development Context are in the Areas of Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights, Comprehensive Sexual Education, HIV prevention, Climate Change/Environmental Sustainability and Youth participation and involvement within the new global development architecture (Sustainable Development Goals),African Unions Agenda 2063,United Nations Secretary General's Global Strategy on women, children and adolescent health 2015-2030 and the International Conference on Population & Developments Beyond 2014 review (Addis Ababa declaration on Population and Development). At age 18,Mr Singh was recognized as a UNAIDS provincial ambassador in 2013 and has since gone on to represent the youth of South Africa, regionally and internationally. He serves as a Regional Youth Advisor to the United Nations Population Fund and National Focal Point to the Global Youth Coalition on AIDS/HIV, and has since been appointed as the National Focal Point for the ACT! 2030 Campaign supported by UNAIDS, UNFPA and 16 other international organizations, ACT! 2030 focuses its advocacy on keeping HIV/AIDS as a priority in the global developmental agenda, as well as lobbying governments to make progressive steps in ensuring SRHR remains a priority, not just in the adopted goals but even at the indicator level. One of the notable successes of ACT!2030 (South African National Youth Alliance for SRHR) in South Africa has been the adoption of the first national adolescent sexual reproductive health & rights framework strategy 2015-2019 (NASRHRFS), of which ACT!2030 (South African National Youth Alliance for SRHR) has been appointed to the national steering committee, upon which Mr Singh serves as representative alongside members of the South African government. In May 2015, Mr Singh was entrusted to lead in presenting the South African Youth contributions towards the United Nations Secretary General's Global Strategy on women,children and adolescent health 2015-2030. Mr Singh has represented and lead delegations at various levels, most notably at The International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and at The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Addis Ababa Declaration, at the United Nations HQ in New York. Further to this, and since 2014, Mr Singh has advocated for the establishment of a youth delegate Programme to the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations. In April 2015, Mr Singh’s persistent advocacy bore fruit when he, at 21 was appointed to serve as the first youth delegate since South Africa's readmission to the UN, on the South African national delegation to the 48th United Nations Commission on Population & Development, in which he made significant contributions and served further within the Africa Group and the G77+ China as a member of the secretariat for the duration of the commission. In September 2015, Mr Singh was active in advising the South African Permanent Missions position on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals at the SDG Summit. In October 2015, Mr Singh was elected as the Secretary General of the African Youth and Adolescent Network on Population & Development (AfriYAN). AfriYAN works in advocating for the rights of youth & adolescents across 23 countries in Eastern & Southern Africa. In 2016, Mr Singh chaired the Durban Youth Force – the Official Platform for youth engagement at the international AIDS conference, AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Africa. As chairperson of the Durban Youth Force, Mr Singh lobbied with earnest for a strong African presence on the international organizing committee of the youth pre-conference,as well as programmatic prioritization allocated to adolescents, young women and girls. Apart from advocacy and activism and with an academic background in history and religious studies , Mr Singh is intent on pursuing a Law Degree, with ardent intentions to obtain a Masters in Law with a focus on International and Human Rights Law, he also has a keen interest in diplomacy and aspires to serve within the diplomatic corps in the future. Mr Singh has also been recently recognized as one of the South African Independent Medias “top 100 young South Africans” under the “healers” category. In 2017, Mr Singh was also appointed to the Global Health 50/50 initiatives global advisory board, housed under the University College of London’s gender unit. Global Health 50/50 is a movement for gender equality in global health and its matrix for gender equality measurements has recently been included into the global action plan on SDG 3. Mr Singh currently works as regional youth policy officer at the SRHR AFRICA TRUST.

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