Posted by Bukola Daike on May 3, 2021 at 7:33 am
Civil society organisations are encouraged to engage in the upcoming UN General Assembly 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM2021AIDS). The General Assembly has called for this HLM to be held on 8-10 June 2021 and invites Member States to participate at the highest level. UNAIDS is taking the lead organising the meeting.
Communities and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process leading up to the HLM and in the meeting itself. GNP+ and Aidsfonds have been appointed to act as NGO Co-Conveners to work with UNAIDS to facilitate the active and meaningful participation of civil society organisations (CSOs) and communities in the entire HLM process. The work is led by Florence Anam (GNP+) and Arben Fetai (Aidsfonds) and supported by an HLM project team.
The mobilisation of civil society and communities in the process leading up to the next UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM) is critical to the success of the meeting and its outcome. In addition to active participation at the HLM and the preceding Multistakeholder hearing (MSH), civil society activists have a critical role to play to influence their governments and their positions during the negotiations around the new Political Declaration to be adopted at the HLM. This Political Declaration will replace the one adopted at the 2016 HLM and could provide a powerful advocacy tool for civil society to hold their governments to account.