The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation invites you to join us at our various sessions and presentations at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, 23-27 July.
Raising Your Voice: Civil Society on International Health Boards
Monday, 23 July, 1-2:30pm
Community Dialogue Space, Global Village
This session will provide an opportunity for civil society delegates to meet their constituents, interact and answer questions pertaining to their role as board members. Civil society is a vital and increasingly vocal part of policy development at the international level of global health initiatives. In practice, how does this work and what kind of influence does civil society have?
Civil society delegates are tasked with bringing issues of civil society to the various platforms and influencing policy. It is their role to bring the voices of the community to the board level and to enhance the accountability and transparency of these international health organizations. Several of the Delegates present at AIDS 2012 will explain how they have influenced governance processes, what key issues will be discussed at their boards in the upcoming months, procedures of accountability and recruitment and how you can make your voice heard. As advocates for civil society, the Delegates will hear questions, concerns and input from participants.
Sara Simon (ICASO), Focal Point, Communications Facility, UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation
- Attapon Ed Ngoksin [International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)], NGO Delegate for Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation
- Kim Nichols (African Services Committee), Board Member, UNITAID NGOs Delegation
- Rachel Ong, Communications Focal Point, Global Fund Communities living with HIV, TB and affected by Malaria Delegation
- Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga [Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (REDBOL)], Expert Advisory Group Member, Medicines Patent Pool
- TBD, Stop TB Partnership or Global Fund Developed/Developing Country NGO Delegation
Strengthening the Global HIV Response Through Social Media: Moving Beyond the Tweets
Tuesday 24 July, 4-5:30pm
Global Village, Session Room 2
This session will explore how individuals and organizations in the AIDS movement can use social media in unconventional and innovative ways. If social media is to serve the movement to its full potential, organizations, advocates, researchers and healthcare providers must take a strategic and creative approach to leveraging this popular medium. The AIDS movement is enriched by its global and collaborative nature, but it is diverse and dispersed. Social media can act as a community-building tool by facilitating access to information, generating discussions, and building relationships. A panel of multilingual advocates will show participants how to create their online voice, to make their work accessible and how to effectively speak to one another. A simultaneous online discussion will encourage interaction in Washington and beyond. Participants will gain the confidence to use social media in novel ways and hopefully inspire them to continue their conversations beyond the conference.
Amy Coulterman (ICASO), Programme Assistant, UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation
- Aram Barra (Mexico), Drug Policy Programme Director, Espolea, A.C. & Youth RISE board member – “Young people mobilizing after the hash tag: an impact-assessment of virtual advocacy”
- Hugh Stephens (Australia), Social media expert and technology consultant for healthcare, youth and community organizations, Dialogue Consulting – “How can health practitioners and physicians use social media to engage and interact with consumers?”
- Michaela Montaner (Canada), Communications Coordinator, International Centre for Science in Drug – “Researchers and social media: developing and dissemination strategies to influence public opinion and policy”
- Alexandra Volgina (Russia), Director, Svecha (Candle) Charity Fund – “How to use social media when censorship gets in your way: experiences from Russia’s ‘Funeral Bureau’”
Legal Action, Legal Support (Oral Abstract Session, Track D)
Thursday, 26 July, 11am-12:30pm, Session Room 7
Sara Simon, Focal Point for the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation’s Communications Facility, will present findings and recommendations based on community experiences gathered for the 2011 NGO Report. This will be the official launch of the printed Report.
- “Knowledge and experience of HIV and the law amongst global key populations: global focus group feedback and recommendations for policy change” – S. Simon, ICASO, UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation CF, Brussels, Belgium
- “Eight-country study of three-year program to strengthen and expand HIV-related legal services for people living with HIV and key affected populations: what did we learn about scale-up?” – N. Burke-Shyne, International Development Law Organization, Social Development Programs Unit, Rome, Italy
- “A handbook on HIV, law and human rights for the judiciary: a critical tool in a human rights-based HIV response” – A. Symington, Canada
- “Using courts to eliminate discrimination in women’s property and inheritance laws in southern Africa” – P. Patel, Southern Africa Litigation Centre, HIV Programme, Johannesburg, South Africa
- “Making multi-collaborative partnerships work and worth it: experience in working with Philippine National Police and Quezon City Police Department to address the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution among sex workers” – J. Acaba, Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE), Inc., Quezon City, Philippines
AIDS Post 2015: The Future We Want, the Trends We Face
Thursday, 26 July, 1-2:30pm
Community Dialogue Space, Global Village
This session will seek to answer how the AIDS community can be better engaged in and informed about the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals’ agenda. It is essential that the AIDS response be incorporated into the global thematic conversations while global and national consultations are hosted over the next years. To do this, there needs to be stronger collaboration and leadership in bringing HIV and SRH issues into the wider conversations, while keeping a firm focus on achieving the current unfinished business of the MDGs and the AIDS commitments.
Speakers invited are from UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, UNDP and civil society organizations.
Alessandra Nilo (Gestos), NGO Delegation for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation
The Red Ribbon Award will host the Community Dialogue Space, a civil society-led platform at AIDS 2012 that aims to provide a pivotal policy platform for grassroots priorities to be heard and to influence the national and global AIDS responses. Fifteen events are planned together with other established civil society organizations. This will be the key meeting point for many of the civil society delegations.
Other civil society delegations on the boards of global health institutions will also be present at the conference and engaging participants in their own session.
Meet Your Civil Society Representatives at the UNITAID Board
Monday 23 July, 7:30-9am
Satellite Session, Mini Room 9
Are you a PLWHA, or from an NGO fighting HIV? Are you working on issues of access to medicines, diagnostics or preventative tools to fight HIV, TB or malaria? If so, please come and meet your Community and NGO representatives on the Board of UNITAID, the only international organisation devoted to impacting the market to improve access to medicines in developing countries.
Leaders meet Leaders – Communities and The Global Fund
Monday 23 July, 2:30-4pm
Community Dialogue Space, Global Village
How can CS participate at Global Fund Board and other GF governing bodies?
Wednesday 25 July, 7-8:30am
Satellite Session, Mini Room 6
Introduction of opportunities for activists, community workers, advocates and civil society representatives from Global South on how to participate in the work of The Global Fund Board and its relevant committees. Speakers will present the roll of Civil Society in the Global Fund Board in its current transitional period and consequences of crises of the GF for Civil Society organizations worldwide. Developing Country NGO Delegation at TGF Board will present its work to attendees, and elaborate and make its working plans and membership for period 2012-2013 familiar to wider group of conference visitors.