(updated 4 April 2011)
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) has been convened 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 after the civil society hearing on 8 April 2011 in NY.
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.
Please read further on how to participate in the High Level Meeting and the Civil Society Hearing.
You can also consult UNAIDS’ guidance note which provides information on substantive and logistical considerations in the lead up to the HLM as well as details on the scope of UNAIDS’ support to formal and informal preparatory processes.
Key consultation dates
Latin America: Mexico City, Mexico – 1-2 March 2011 (civil society pre-meeting on 28 February)
West and Central Africa: Dakar, Senegal – 1-4 March 2011 (civil society pre-meeting on 28 February)
East and Southern Africa: Johannesburg, South Africa – 10-11 March 2011
Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Kiev, Ukraine – 16-17 March (civil society pre-meeting on 16 March)
Caribbean: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – 22-23 March (civil society pre-meeting on 21 March)
Asia and Pacific: Bangkok, Thailand – 30-31 March 2011 (civil society pre-meeting on 29 March)
Africa: Windhoek, Namibia – 14-15 April 2011
Youth Summit: Bamako, Mali – 15-17 April 2011
For further information, contact UNAIDS Regional Support Teams (RST):
Latin America: [email protected]
West and Central Africa (WCA): Kate Nightingale, [email protected]
East and Southern Africa (ESA): Sonia Romao, [email protected]
Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Natalya Korzhaeva, [email protected]
Caribbean: Michel de Groulard, [email protected]
Asia-Pacific: Kah Sin Cho, [email protected]
Youth Summit: Jyothi Raja Nilambur Kovilakam, [email protected]
UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva: Richard Burzynski, [email protected]
UNAIDS New York Office for the High Level Meeting: Bertil Lindblad, [email protected]
Civil society issues and civil society task force: Kate Thomson, [email protected]
A meeting was held in Geneva, co-hosted by ICASO and UNAIDS, on December 10, 2010 on universal access, the High Level Meeting and regional consultations. Notes from that meeting can be found here.