By Musah Lumumba El-nasoor, African NGO Delegate
The president of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, together with UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, launched the presidential fast track HIV situation room, a new tool that will be used to monitor progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This was during the International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March 2018. The concept, supported by UNAIDS, is envisaged to make data revolution a reality in the HIV response and as well, support the implementation and realization of the end of AIDS target within the SDG agenda.
The terms of reference (TOR) for the “Independent Expert Panel on prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power at UNAIDS Secretariat” is already out. Please access the TOR here:
Here is the NGO Delegation’s update on the sexual harassment policies within UNAIDS.
By Devanand Milton, Latin America and the Caribbean NGO Delegate
With shrinking donor resources and the inability of traditional mechanisms to reach out to key populations using government established services, the civil society AIDS response is at risk of neglect.
By Trevor Stratton, North American NGO Delegate
By Aditia Taslim, Asia and the Pacific NGO Delegate
Executive Director of Rumah Cemara, Indonesia
Recently, a draft of revisions to the Book of Penal Code, known as KUHP was submitted to the Parliament of Indonesia. The revision of KUHP is seen by many civil society organisations and alliances as an insult to the democratic process in Indonesia. If approved, the revision will enforce further criminalisation of women, children, indigenous peoples and other marginalised groups, including people living with HIV (PLHIV) and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
By Marsha A. Martin, North American Delegate
World AIDS Day 2017 marks completion of the first 50 days, the midway point of the first 100 days of implementation of the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map. The Prevention Road Map, completed following extensive consultations with more than 40 countries, organizations and civil society partners, provides “the basis for a country-led movement to scale-up HIV prevention programmes as a part of a comprehensive response to meet the global and national targets, and commitments to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.” (UNAIDS, 2017) The time is now to stop and assess progress to date.