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UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation Update: May 2011
This month’s newsletter is dedicated to two major international HIV/AIDS meetings happening in the month of June. The first is the UN High Level Meeting which will take place in New York City, USA, at UN Headquarters from 8-10 June; the second meeting is the biannual UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland which will be held 21-23 June 2011.
UN High Level Meeting Updates: Civil Society Advocacy and Schedule
The High Level Meeting (HLM) begins soon! As civil society continues to lobby before and during the event, it requires a centralized, easily accessible space for statements and papers. The NGO Delegation has offered its website to act as a place holder for all of these important documents. In addition to providing one place to look for updated information, the site will also ensure that there is a record of all the documents that informed or were part of civil society advocacy around the HLM. You can access documents from regional consultations, information notes, key asks and advocacy messages and constituency-specific documents here.
If you’re attending the HLM, you will need to read this post on preparing for UN security and the available Information Notes. In order to help you plan your time during the event, UNAIDS has created an interactive calendar and planner that includes all official and side events. The official schedule consists of plenary meetings and thematic panel discussions; a list of side events organized by various UN agencies, Member States and civil society organizations can be found here.
Don’t forget to arrive early to attend the 7 June Civil Society Orientation from 2-6pm at the Church Center for the United Nations in the Plaza Room. Daily caucuses will also take place in the mornings and evenings in order to prepare and debrief for each day. As always, if you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can watch it via webcast on the UN website.
The Next UNAIDS PCB Board Meeting
The upcoming meeting will focus on the UNAIDS budget and accountability tool. Other agenda items include an update on country-level implementation of the UNAIDS Agenda for Women and Girls, food security and HIV and a support mechanism for African member states. The NGO Delegation will hold a briefing call for civil society on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at 3pm CET/Geneva (you can find out your local time by using this page and choosing your country). As well, for those of you already registered to attend, please plan to join the NGO Delegation for a pre-meeting in Geneva on Monday, June 20th from 2 to 4 pm. Invitations for both of these meetings will follow.
You can access an up-to-date agenda and the documents that will be the basis of board decisions on this blog post.