[DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10 March] Request for Proposal: Supporting the effective and meaningful participation of civil society in the UNGA 2021 High Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM)

The provider shall be a civil society or community led organization operating in the fields of global health, HIV, international development and human rights, with proven expertise in regional or global HIV work, particularly with key populations, and in advocacy with governments and UN agencies.

Expected Outcomes
The work of the selected organization in partnership with relevant stakeholders will contribute to the achievement of the following expected collective outcomes:
1) The multistakeholder task force is formed with broad representation and is fully operational in time to inform and advise the preparation of the interactive multistakeholder hearing.
2) MSTF functions and duties are effectively and successfully discharged, to support effective and meaningful contribution and participation of civil society and communities in the preparations of and during the HLM.
3) The interactive multistakeholder hearing provides a fruitful space where civil society and communities can interact with Member States and share their perspectives and inputs to the 2021 HLM.
4) Civil society participation in the 2021 HLM is effective and meaningful. The voices and perspectives of the communities and organizations of people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV, including key populations and other vulnerable populations are included and heard at the HLM meeting. Their needs and proposals are reflected, to the extent possible, in the political declaration that is expected to emerge from the meeting.

DEADLINE (EXTENDED) for submission is on 10 March 2021, 23:59 Geneva

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Joint letter from Civil Society and Key Populations communities from Central, Eastern European and Central Asia region to support Global AIDS Strategy zero draft

sent 12th of February, 2021

To: To UNAIDS Strategy Team and UNAIDS PCB members


We are writing to you today as representatives of regional, national and local civil society organizations, key population communities and networks to welcome the zero draft of the Global AIDS Strategy and to express our support to the efforts of UNAIDS Strategy Team, UNAIDS Secretariat and Co-Sponsors, PCB member states, and global experts community in developing the draft Strategy.

The CEECA civil society and key populations communities support the ongoing efforts in relation to the Strategy development and its framing using the lens of inequalities. While there are noticeable gaps in the result areas, which we will push for inclusion, we should not backtrack on already agreed language enshrined in the 2016-2021 UNAIDS Strategy, including naming key populations and addressing key contextual challenges in effective HIV response, which specifically affect the CEECA region. We want to express a need to emphasize the centrality of communities and key populations in the global response to HIV in the Global AIDS Strategy.

We stand together and counter any moves to further delay this process or dilute the current zero draft. Particularly, we stress the following:

  • We commend the transparent and consultative process leading to an ambitious and comprehensive zero draft of the Global AIDS Strategy. We actively participate in the process by providing content and recommendations based on best practice and lessons learned from the implementation of the previous UNAIDS Strategy. The process is and must stay transparent and inclusive, and voices of communities and key populations must be heard and listened to.
  • We welcome the fact that the zero draft is grounded in principles of comprehensive, data- driven and evidence-based approaches to the HIV response and inclusive of Universal Health Coverage values. These principles and values cannot be diluted.
  • We welcome the draft strategy central focus on human rights and gender equality. They are crucial to ending AIDS in our region where the epidemic is still growing, especially among key populations who continue to experience barriers in access to health and social services. We recommend not to merge human rights and gender equality in result area 5 and strongly support the separation of the pillars dedicated to human rights and gender.
  • We strongly support joint actions of Co-Sponsors in addressing human rights and gender- based violence as a key obstacle to ending AIDS. The Global AIDS Strategy needs to be a joint Strategy, not limited only to sole objectives of the UNAIDS programme.
  • We fully support the holistic and comprehensive approach to address all key social, legal and epidemiological factors in a country context. As we know from our everyday work in HIV prevention, treatment and care, effective help to people needs to go beyond narrow biomedical interventions and must include legal help, social adaptation and protection, and community support. Sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based components and harm reduction services are essential part of the comprehensive HIV response.
  • Provision of cost-effective, comprehensive, evidence-based, needs and data driven HIV interventions for people using drugs, gay men and other men who have sex with men , trans* people, sex workers, women, adolescents and youth, migrants and inmates are core to ending AIDS in countries with epidemic concentrated in these populations. Providing focused health and social support for those in grater needs could not be interpreted as discrimination or cultural intolerance.
  • For us as representatives of the CEECA region it is important to support equality, human rights and gender equity as key values for our societies. Human rights of all citizens must be protected even if it means challenging some of the traditional social practices or religious and societal prejudices.
  • Criminalization, discrimination and stigmatisation of key populations in the CEECA region are the main drivers of the HIV epidemic in our countries. Non-repressive drug policies and decriminalization of drug possession and personal use will remove key barriers for people using drugs in access to health, medical and social support, which will ensure effective action to end AIDS in countries with high HIV prevalence and incidence among people using drugs.

We believe that fully and sustainably funded and properly implemented new Global AIDS Strategy has a potential to finally end AIDS in our region. This can only happen if community and key population voices are heard and listened to, communities , human rights, prevention and gender equality are at the front and centre of the Strategy and evidence-based HIV intervention are recognised, accepted and sustainably funded and implemented across the EECA region.

  1. A.O. PULS Comunitar, Moldova
  2. AFEW International
  3. AIDS Action Europe
  4. Alliance for Public Health
  5. Charitable organization "All-Ukrainian League "Legalife"
  6. Civil Organization "Volunteer", Tajikistan
  7. Civil Organization “Era of Mercy”, Ukraine
  8. Civil union “Centre for development and social support to the population “My Home”,Kazakhstan
  10. ECOM - Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity
  11. Eurasian harm reduction association (EHRA)
  12. Eurasian Key Populations Health Network (EKHN)
  13. Eurasian Women’s network on AIDS (EWNA)
  14. Harm Reduction NGOs Coalition "Outreach"
  15. HPLGBT - Civil Organization
  16. Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health
  17. Rights Reporter Foundation
  18. Svitanok Club, Ukraine
  19. The European AIDS Treatment Group
  20. Union for HIV prevention and Harm Reduction, Moldova

Аннотированный резюме Глобальной стратегии по СПИДу на период 2021 - 2026 гг

Чтобы достичь нашей общей цели по искоренению СПИДа к 2030 году осталось менее 10 лет. Координационный совет программы (КСП) поручил ЮНЭЙДС разработать следующую глобальную стратегию по СПИДу. Стратегия будет опираться на уже достигнутые значительные успехи и ускорит темпы действий - она будет амбициозной, дальновидной и основанной на фактических данных.

Представляем Аннотированный резюме Глобальной стратегии по СПИДу на период 2021 - 2026 гг на русском языке. Помимо простого поддержания и развития важнейших принципов, основ и программных подходов в рамках текущей Стратегии ЮНЭЙДС, также уделяется приоритетное внимание критическим областям, которые отстают и нуждаются в большем внимании для включения в следующую Стратегию. ЮНЭЙДС продолжает инклюзивный консультативный процесс по завершению разработки Глобальной стратегии после 47-го заседания КСП в декабре 2020 года.

Incoming PCB NGO Delegates - 2021-2022

Iwatutu Joyce Adewole, African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative, Incoming Delegate - NGO Africa

African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative is a community-based organization founded in 2015 in Nigeria focused on Sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls and young women. The organization carries out research and advocacy to influence policies and programs that address the linkage between HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and sexual and gender-based violence. AGCDSI is a member of the SHEWE coalition under the guidance of International Community of Women Living with HIV (West Africa Region) to advance and bridge SRHR information gaps of adolescent girls and young women living with HIV.

Iwatutu Joyce Adewole is dedicated to creating safe communities for women and girls through policy advocacy, information dissemination and community building. She works with youth-led organizations to design and implement responsive sexual and reproductive health programs and the evidence-based strategy around HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB interventions and support implementation of the strategy for mainstreaming gender and social inclusion and a human rights approach in programme activities. She is the Partnership & Resource Mobilization working group Lead for The PACT, a coalition of youth-led and youth-serving organizations working within the sexual and reproductive health and HIV movement.

Charan Sharma, The Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF), Incoming Delegate - NGO Asia and the Pacific

IDUF is a National level forum that promotes the meaningful involvement of people who use drugs (PWUD) in policy and program development. The core belief behind the formation of IDUF is that PWUD living in various parts of the country coming together with one voice can make a bigger impact on the current situation of drug related issues, and can work more effectively towards creating a better environment for PWUD. IDUF believes that grassroots democratic organizing among PWUD at the local, regional, and national level can serve as the building blocks for a social movement that has the strength, determination and staying power to fundamentally change drug policy and programmes that affect the lives of drug users.

Charanjit Sharma brings nearly two decades of professional experience in the fields of drug use, HIV/AIDS, and human rights of people who use drugs. As an activist he is associated with the global Harm Reduction movement, key members of developing guidelines for harm reduction in India and beyond. He is a founding member and currently advisor to Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF). He started his association with harm reduction as peer educator and is now working as Program Manager of Drug use & harm reduction with Alliance India. Recently, he was instrumental in advocating with India CCM in securing 10 million USD from the Global Fund for direct support, specifically for HIV key population emergency needs during and after effect of COVID-19.

Maureen Owino, The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), Incoming Delegate - NGO North America

The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) is a coalition of affected individuals and organizations from the legal, health, settlement and HIV/AIDS sectors committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV who are facing access barriers related to their status using the tools of education, training, research, service coordination and advocacy. Founded in 1999 CAAT’s vision is to have healthy urban community in which all individuals living with HIV have the information and tools they need to access health, social and legal services that are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful regardless of their immigration status. CAAT works to advance the health of affected communities through collective empowerment efforts that engage with diverse partners to build a more compassionate and caring society for all. They work collaboratively with and support the work of local, provincial, national and global networks through a variety of initiatives.

Maureen Owino is the Director of Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) a position she has held since 2007 Maureen's commitments to Ontario's community of people living with HIV are unparalleled, and many in Ontario benefit from her vision, leadership, and contributions. Her experience as a racialized woman and an emerging academic in her field have deepened our understanding of HIV stigma, anti-Black racism, and health equity. she has been and is an active organizer and advocate for immigrants, refugees, women and youth with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. She has been an active volunteer in many organizations including being a board member of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), HIV Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO) and a steering committee member of the Toronto HIV Network. She is currently a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA) and a Community Advisory Committee member for the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Maureen is the recipient of the 2017 Ontario AIDS Network’s Caring Hands Award and the 2019 Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre women of resilience awards for resilient leaders. She has a master’s in environmental studies degree from York University is currently a PhD student at York University.

Call for submission of country case studies on “Cervical cancer and HIV: addressing linkages and common inequalities to save women’s lives” for the Thematic Segment of the 47th PCB

Image sourced from NIH National Cancer Institute/World RePORT

At its 45th meeting, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) agreed that the topic of the thematic segment of the upcoming PCB meeting would be “Cervical cancer and HIV: addressing linkages and common inequalities to save women’s lives”. The thematic segment will take place on 18 December 2020.

The thematic segment will provide an opportunity to:

  • Review evidence on the bi-directional links between HPV/cervical cancer and HIV, including co-infections/-morbidities, among women and girls living with, affected by and at risk of HIV, in order to reduce the burden of and eliminate HPV/cervical cancer, reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths among women and girls, and increase the wellbeing and quality of life of women and girls.
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration between HPV/cervical cancer/NCD and HIV programmes, and the role of primary health care as well as the role of multisectoral responses in addressing the common health, gender and socio-economic inequities, and stigma and human rights issues that drive HPV/cervical cancer and HIV, and their co-occurrence.
  • Inquire into how programmes can work together to identify and reach most vulnerable and left behind groups of women and girls with multi-sectoral interventions and services they need, and to achieve UHC and the broader SDGs.

  • Provide an opportunity to identify strategic directions for integrated, people-centred and multi-sectoral responses to cervical cancer and HIV.

UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practices of joint responses to cervical cancer/HPV and HIV to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the segment.

Scope of submissions

Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples of policies, programmes, services and other actions in the following areas (but not limited to):

  1. Effective policies and practices integrating HIV and HPV/cervical cancer focused interventions / services across the cervical cancer and HIV prevention, treatment and care continuum in health care facilities or non-health care settings, among those at community level, for women and adolescent girls, including for those living with HIV, key populations and those marginalized, and addressing stigma and discrimination;
  2. Multisectoral interventions at the political or/and societal level and in the community that address vulnerabilities, gender and other social, cultural and economic inequalities, and health disparities associated with HIV and HPV/cervical cancer, including for key and other vulnerable populations of women and adolescent girls, across the lifecycle (including adolescent girls, young women, adult women, older and elderly women);
  3. Effective interventions for strengthening systems for health, including human resources, service delivery, information systems, financing, community systems, etc., and innovative technologies and implementation modalities in support of scaling up quality, affordable and acceptable integrated HIV and cervical cancer prevention, treatment, care and support interventions to eliminate cervical cancer and end the AIDS epidemic.

Who can submit?

UNAIDS welcomes submissions from national AIDS programmes; Ministries of Health or other relevant Ministries, civil society organisations, particularly those representing affected communities, academic institutions, National Human Rights Institutions, United Nations system organizations and other inter-governmental organization; and other national or local entities implementing joint programmes addressing HPV, cervical cancer and HIV.

How will your submission be used?

The submissions will be used to inform the background note to the UNAIDS 47th PCB Thematic Segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 18 December 2020. Finally, all the submissions will be compiled in a document on good practices on Cervical Cancer and HIV - addressing linkages and common inequalities to save women's lives which will be posted on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board website.

Submissions are accepted in English and French.

The submissions must be made through the electronic submission form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=m8_hwrbh60SAIUKMKS0-tZrEqMw3YtpApvq6-h1rH-xUMkgzQU9QVkU4TFlEUUcwNEhJUFpIVDdKOC4u by Monday, 26 October 2020 2 November 2020 (Extended)

For more information on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, please see https://www.unaids.org/en/whoweare/pcb

For questions on this call for submissions of good practices, please contact Ani Shakarishvili at [email protected], copying Adriana Hewson at [email protected].

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