UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation Update: May 2013

In This Issue:

  • Update: New PCB NGO Delegation Communication Facility
  • Register to PCB Meeting
  • The NGO Delegation Welcomes the New Delegates
  • People Over 50 Matter

Update: New PCB NGO Delegation Communication Facility

APN+ has been appointed as host organisation for the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB Communications and Consultation Facility. Here is a little background on APN+ and the people who will work with the Delegation and Facility.

The Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) was established in 1994 as a collective voice for all HIV positive people in the Asia Pacific region. As a peer led organisation, all country representatives to our Board are positive leaders. APN+ is committed to non-discrimination and gender equity and we continue to work to encourage and support the active participation of women in our networks, as well as positive people from key communities such as people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, transgendered people, sex workers, and mobile and migrant people. The APN+ Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the past twenty years APN+ has grown in strength and numbers. Its current membership includes thirty country networks spread across the entire Asia and Pacific region who work together to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV.

APN+ has a broad and diverse range of programs under current implementation. These include:

  1. A multi-country Global Fund program focussed on strengthening treatment access for people living with HIV via a regional treatment monitoring database and related advocacy.
  2. A multi-country capacity development program for PLHIV networks and organisations, including PLHIV from key affected communities and women
  3. The Women at APN+ (WAPN) working group and project.
  4. A regional program focussed on strengthening community access to treatments for Hepatitis
  5. WLHIV sexual and reproductive health and rights project
  6. Work with young PLHIV.

APN+ conducts and supports community advocacy at the regional and global levels on a range of issues relevant to the rights of PLHIV and communities more broadly. It continues to play a critical and significant role in community mobilisation and advocacy around the impact of TRIPS and free trade agreements on access to affordable quality treatments.

APN+ has been motivated to take on responsibility for hosting the NGO Delegation PCB Communications and Consultation Facility as part of its strong commitment to the engagement of community and civil society at all levels of the response to HIV and AIDS. Although hosted by the APN+, the facility will operate independently under the guidance of the Delegation

David Traynor and Suksma Ratri support the work of the Delegation and manage the Communications and Consultation Facility.

David has worked across the international development, global health and HIV sectors for over a decade. He has worked as a research academic and lecturer in global health and development, research methods, and political and social theory. Other roles have included working as technical advisor on HIV community responses for international development organisations, and management of HIV related policy, advocacy and organisational capacity strengthening initiatives for community and civil society networks across 19 different contexts. David is a member of the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund. David has lived with HIV since 1997 and remains a committed activist for the rights of the positive community and other communities whose rights impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Suksma Ratri is the founder of INSPIRASI INDONESIA, a community-based organisation providing assistance and education to survivors of rape and other gender-based violence, including people living with HIV and people who use drugs. She has extensive experience working for NGOs and foundations in Asia, and her work has encompassed a broad range of fields including HIV, migration, sexual and reproductive health rights, drug use, human rights, travel restrictions and sex work.

Ratri previously worked for CARAM Asia in Malaysia, and is a former Core Group member of WAPN+ (Women of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS). She has also been on the Management Committee of the Seven Sisters Coalition. Ratri currently also serves as a Board Member of the International Harm Reduction Network.

Ratri has been involved in several UN activities, including the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. In 2008, she was selected to speak at the opening plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV to represent people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region.

Register to PCB Meeting

You can now register for the 32nd Programme Coordinating Board meeting to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 25-27 June 2013. Visit the UNAIDS registration page at http://apps.unaids.org/pcb/. The deadline to submit is 10 June 2013.

Read UNAIDS information for participants (EN | FR).

Members of civil society can attend the meeting by registering as Observers. This is a great opportunity to experience policy making and to have your voice heard. As an Observer, you may have the chance – at the chair’s discretion and after board members have spoken – to give interventions on the floor during the meeting. If you attend, you will be invited to daily civil society debriefs with the Delegation where you will have a chance to ask questions about the issues discussed each day and give feedback on Delegates’ interventions.

Read and watch past Observer interventions here.

Please note: Do NOT register unless you can obtain your own source of funding to attend. UNAIDS and the NGO Delegation are unfortunately not able to fund civil society observers. Observers to the PCB meeting are required to make their own travel arrangements and to cover all of their own expenses, including air fare and their stay in Geneva. Registration does not automatically grant access; all Observers must be approved by the UNAIDS Executive Director and chair of the Board.

If you require a visa to attend the meeting in Geneva: you MUST request one from UNAIDS as soon as possible; UNAIDS does NOT automatically provide letters of invitation. Contact [email protected] to obtain the necessary letter.

The agenda and all relevant agenda documents can be found at this post as they become available.

The NGO Delegation Welcomes the New Delegates

The UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation is pleased to welcome its two new NGO Delegates for the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions who will be replacing the representatives for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and the European AIDS Treatment Group.

John Rock has lived with HIV for over thirty years. He knows that he is only alive today because of the availability of good quality treatment. That is why since 2001 he has volunteered his time to fight for treatment access for all PLHIV in all countries. He served as Australian Board member of APN+ and as an advisor. Since 2008, he has been involved in the implementation of an AusAID-funded capacity building program in nine Asia Pacific countries on behalf of APN+. John is an active Global Board Member of ITPC which he sees as critically important in attaining the goal of quality HIV treatment for all.

Bryan Teixeira has been involved with the HIV NGO field since 1983 and is currently a consultant and active member of EATG. He founded the first HIV support groups in Vancouver and became Chair of the Board of AIDS Vancouver Island, one of the first HIV organizations in the world to be involved with needle exchange work for people living with HIV. He moved to the UK to become the CEO of Naz Project London, the largest and longest established HIV NGO in the UK working predominantly with migrants, where he has run successful HIV prevention projects.

You can read their full biographies on our Delegates page.

The NGO Delegation would like to thank the previous representatives, Attapon Ed Ngoksin and Ninoslav Mladenovic, for their hard work and support and wish them the best in their future endeavours.

To find information on your regional representatives to the PCB, go to the Delegation Page in www.unaidspcbngo.org

People Over 50 Matter

Earlier this year, HelpAge International, Terrence Higgins Trust and AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) spearheaded the writing of a letter to UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, to highlight their concerns over the omission of data on those aged 50 and older in the 2012 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.

In support of this initiative, the NGO Delegation sent its own letter to Mr. Sidibé and Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of Programme. Read the full letter here.

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