In the lead up to the UN General Assembly 2011 Comprehensive AIDS Review in June 2011 in New York, there are a number of ways that civil society can get involved to ensure that the review results in tangible outcomes.
The June meeting will review countries’ progress in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. To assist the 2011 Review, a civil society task force (CS TF) will be convened by the end of December to facilitate the input of civil society and the private sector. It will also be the responsibility of the CS TF to propose to the President of the General Assembly the format and content of dialogue that will take place at the high-level meeting. To learn more about the task force and its members, please contact Pauline at ICASO.
The review is a moment for the reconfirmation of political will around HIV and universal access. The review will build on: outcomes of UNAIDS’ regional meetings; country reports; and the Secretary General’s report, expected in April 2011.
It is now imperative that local civil society organizations mobilize their constituencies to become involved in advocacy at country level; joining in your national delegation to the June meeting; engaging in regional consultations, and engaging with members of the civil society task force.
Key consultation dates
Latin America: Mexico City, Mexico – 1-2 February 2011
Asia and Pacific: Bangkok, Thailand – 7-8 March 2011
Africa: Windhoek, Namibia – April 2011
A meeting was held in Geneva, co-hosted by ICASO and UNAIDS on December 10, 2010. Notes from that meeting can be found here.