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Alliance engagement in the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS

The Alliance has engaged in various processes and preparations for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM), New York, 8-10 June 2011, at global, regional and national level and across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

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Universal Access Regional Consultations
From late 2010 through April 2011, a series of regional universal access consultations and reviews took place to review progress achieved to reach universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to date. These consultations will feed into discussions about universal access at the HLM. The Alliance inputted into the formal reviews as well as took part in civil society preparation meetings taking place prior to the review.

In particular, Alliance Linking Organisations, Regional Representatives and secretariat staff inputted into and participated in consultations in:
• Africa Continental
• West and Central Africa
• Southern and Eastern Africa
• Latin America – Key Correspondent articles in Spanish can be found here.
• Caribbean
• Asia and the Pacific
• Eastern Europe and Central Asia

International Advisory Group on Universal Access
The Alliance Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Representative was asked by UNAIDS Latin America Regional Support Team to be part of the International Advisory Group (IAG) on Universal Access. The IAG’s tasks are to examine the progress and future directions of the universal access movement from a global perspective, to synthesize this experience and to carry the learning back to countries and forward to the HLM. To do this they will review the findings of the national reviews and regional consultations, reflecting on the initial recommendations emerging from them. They will be invited to comment on the UNAIDS Secretary General’s report for the HLM. The LAC Regional Representative is also part of a smaller working group that inputs into the HLM report. A statement was produced by the IAG for the HLM.

Alliance Messages for the HLM and accompanying processes
Key Alliance messages for the HLM were developed based on the outcomes of the various regional consultations and the Alliance strategy. The Alliance Key Messages Brief was produced in English, Spanish, French and Russian. These key messages and talking points support LOs and broader civil society engagement in the HLM - especially at national level where LOs can become part of their Country Delegation to the HLM and where the HLM Outcome Declaration is being negotiated.
Working with broader civil society networks to influence the HLM
The Alliance is engaged with multiple processes with other civil society organisations and networks to coordinate messaging and influencing HLM delegation statements.

  • United Kingdom: The Alliance participated in the UK Consortium seminar to develop joint messages from UK INGOs and led a follow-on meeting with DFID to feed into UK Government messages for the Outcome Document. Alliance is co-leading the work of the Consortium HLM working group and is the lead focal point between DFID and the UK Consortium for the HLM.
  • European Union: Engagement in the Concord HIV Working Group, the Alliance is working with the EU in Brussels to input on the EU HLM statement
  • Geneva: Joint messaging was developed with IFRC
  • Washington, DC: The Alliance is bringing together different constituencies to mobilize around shared key priorities, among others the Global MSM Forum. Met with US Gov to share civil society priorities.
  • Global civil society: Worked with ICASO to integrate Alliance messages into the global civil society statement; sharing information and intelligence with broader civil society, including the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation

Influencing the text of the Outcome Declaration
The negotiation for the Outcome Declaration text is ongoing until the end of the HLM. The most intensive time for negotiations for text to reflect civil society and Alliance messaging started in late April and will continue through end of May. The Alliance helped shape the ICASO-led global civil society comments on the first draft of the outcome document and this has been shared with the drafting committee of the Outcome Document. The Alliance is also supporting LOs through regular information sharing and intelligence updates as well as additional tools to support in-country negotiations.
Civil Society Interactive Hearing (CSIH)
On 8 April 2011, the Civil Society Interactive Hearings were held in New York to inform the development of the HLM and the ‘zero draft’ of the Outcome Declaration. The Alliance was represented through representatives from Ukraine, India, UK and Washington, DC.

In preparations for the Hearing the Alliance Policy team fed into the 1) Background papers on civil society response at community, national and international level; and 2) Briefing paper for speakers at the Civil Society Interactive Hearing panel on community to ensure that care and support was included, strengthen sections on Community Systems Strengthening and the role of civil society in the HIV response was adequately acknowledged.

The report of the meeting can be downloaded here.

General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM)
Alliance representatives will be attending the HLM from Cambodia, India, Ukraine, Malaysia, Kenya, Washington, DC and the UK.

In addition to attending the HLM, the Alliance is engaged with a number of side events:

  • Official Side event: A Community Dialogue on Key affected populations on HIV and Human rights: Achieving effective scale up towards universal access to HIV services, 9 June 2011, 1:15- 2:30pm, Conference Room 6, UN Building.
    Hosted by: The UK Government; partnered by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and with the following supporting organisations: The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF); The Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD), Harm Reduction International, Global Action for Trans Equality (TBC), Center of Excellence for Transgender health (TBC), Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP); AIDS FONDS; and the Stop AIDS Alliance.
  • Value for Money Reception, 8 June 2011, 6:30 – 8pm, UK Mission. Hosted by: The UK Government and the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development
  • MNCH and HIV Integration Event (title TBD), 8 June 2011, 1-2:45, Church Center, 777 UN Plaza (right across from the UN) on the 12th floor. Hosted by the Norad in partnership with Women Deliver, the Norwegian Mission to the UN, Family Care International and the International Peace Institute
  • Side event: “Universal access to prevention and treatment is impossible without care and support”, 10 June 2011, 13.30-14.45, Bahá'í International Community Office. Hosted by : Caregivers Action Network (CAN), UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development care and support working group, Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (The Alliance is a facilitator of CAN and co-chair of the Care and Support Working Group of the UK Consortium)

You can see a provisional list of side events here.

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