United Nations Advocacy

The United Nations plays an important role in shaping the global AIDS agenda, and in marshaling resources to carry out that agenda. ICASO works with various UN agencies to promote the meaningful inclusion of civil society and key populations in decision-making processes, strategic planning, and political declarations. This year ICASO played a leadership role with regard to civil society engagement in the development of the outcome document for the High-Level Meeting on AIDS: Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.

Post-HLM

The outcome document has been roundly criticized by civil society for not sufficiently addressing the needs and leadership of key populations and the centrality of human rights in the HIV response.  In response, an expansive global network of civil society organizations developed and signed on to response declaration.  Read the document and signatories here.

The Stakeholders Task Force

The President of the General Assembly in partnership with UNAIDS established a Stakeholders Task Force comprised of representatives from civil society. The Task Force reports to the Office of the President of General Assembly and provides advice on key decisions relating to attendance and participation of civil society organizations in the high-level meeting, including helping to identify participants for the civil society hearing and deciding on the format, themes, speakers, and program of the panel discussions.

After an open call for nominations, the Office of the President of the General Assembly selected 12 individuals from around the world representing key constituencies. The members of the Stakeholders Task Force are: Annah Sango (Zimbabwe), Anton Basenko (Ukraine), Pye Jakobsson (Sweden), Abhina Aher (India), Javier Hourcade Bellocq (Argentina), Trevor Stratton (Canada), Rita Wahab (Lebanon), Kieran Daly (USA), Jaevion Nelson (Jamaica), Gershom Kapalaula (Zambia), Marama Pala (New Zealand), and Joan Peters (Antigua).

UNAIDS and ICASO serve as the Stakeholders Task Force Secretariat. The Task Force can be reached by writing to .gro.1487546197osaci1487546197@61021487546197MLH1487546197

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Resources

Joint Civil Society Analysis of the 2016 Political Declaration

The 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS should have been a critical milestone. It was the opportunity for governments to elaborate…

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CPPN, ICAD, and ICASO Respond to UBRAF Report at 39th PCB Meeting

Joint Statement by CPPN, ICAD and ICASO on UBRAF 4.3 Revised 2016-2021 UBRAF 28 June 2016 Dear Secretariat and member states: This is a…

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ICASO Joins CPPN and ICAD to Highlight Communities at 39th UNAIDS PCB

Joint Statement by The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), the Interagency Coalition on AIDS & Development (ICAD) & ICASO 4.3 Follow-up to the thematic…

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Civil Society and Communities Declaration to End HIV: Human Rights Must Come First

The following is the text and list of signatories the civil society response to the United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which…

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CSO Letter on the Exclusion of CSOs at UN HLM

Civil society organizations from around the world wrote to the President of the UN General Assembly, “to express our profound outrage at the exclusion…

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