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2006 High-Level Meeting on AIDS
Uniting the world against AIDS

31 May — 2 June, United Nations, New York


Calendar of Events

Panel Discussions

The theme, moderator, panelists and rapporteur for each panel are listed below.

The moderators, panelists and rapporteurs have been selected based on their specific expertise and the recommendations of Member States and observers, UNAIDS and civil society. Effort was made to ensure equitable geographical representation and gender balance. The rapporteurs were selected from among the panelists.

The panel discussions are intended to provide Member States and the other participants an opportunity to discuss the main issues emerging from Towards universal access: assessment by UNAIDS on scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support (A/60/737). Each panelist will speak to the specific topic identified for a maximum of five minutes. A background paper specific to each panel will be developed to situate the presentations and subsequent discussions.

All the panels will be asked to consider the cross-cutting issues of national leadership for scaling up towards universal access, gender and the greater involvement of people living with HIV.

The panel discussions will be open to representatives of all Member States, observers and entities described in paragraph 5 of the main body of this information note. Access to the panel discussions will be on a first come-first served basis, with a number of seats reserved for Member States.

There will be an “overflow room” (Conference Room 3) to enable delegates unable to attend in person to follow proceedings.

The proposed programme for each panel will be as follows:

  1. The moderator will welcome the participants to the session and describe the overall theme of the panel (10 minutes).
  2. The moderator will briefly introduce all the panelists. Prior to each panelist speaking, an overview of their expertise will be given by the moderator (1 minute per speaker).
  3. Panelists’ presentations will be followed by questions from the floor on the issues raised and relating to the presentations made vis-à-vis the “Towards Universal Access Process”.
  4. Participants will be asked to identify themselves prior to posing their question and will be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes to present their question to a particular panelist or to the panel.
  5. Participants are discouraged from reading statements or from asking questions that relate to other panels’ topics.
  6. The moderator will conclude by asking panelists to respond to the points raised, with particular focus on actions proposed to achieve universal access.
  7. Pending a decision by the General Assembly, the rapporteurs of each panel will present summaries of the discussion during the plenary meeting on Thursday, 1st June, 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. Each summary, which should not exceed five minutes, should highlight the key issues, challenges and way forward vis-à-vis universal access. The UN System through the identified lead agency will provide support to the moderator and panelists in the preparation of the session summary.
  8. The event will be broadcast on Webcast and accessible via the web.
    Revised version: 25 May 2006

Panel 1

Title: Breaking the cycle of infection for sustainable AIDS responses

Recognizing that prevention, care, treatment and support are not mutually exclusive strategies, this panel will consider how effective prevention measures, systematically implemented, can reduce HIV infection. It will also consider how such prevention measures can ease the pressure on health systems and ensure that those in need have access to affordable, effective antiretroviral therapy treatment in conditions that are humane and dignified.

Date/Time: 31 May, Wednesday, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 2
Moderator: Ms. Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme


1. H.E. President Festus G. Mogae (Botswana)
2. Dr. Wu Zunyou, National Center for HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention (China) – Panel Rapporteur
3. Ms. Carin Jamtin, Minister of International Development Cooperation (Sweden)
4. Mr. Norbert Otten, Daimler Chrysler (Germany); alternate: Mr. Julian Stanning, HIV/AIDS Programme Advisor Unilever (UK)
5. Ms Joanne Csete, Executive Director, HIV/AIDS Legal Network (Canada); alternate: Joe Amon, Human Rights Watch (USA)
6. Mr. Mikhail Grishankov, Member of Duma (Russia)

Panel 2

Title: Overcoming health worker shortages and other health systems and social
sector constraints to the movement towards universal access to treatment

While large scale emergency responses to HIV and AIDS need to continue and be stepped up, overcoming the acute health worker shortage and other health systems and social sector constraints in many countries will provide an essential underpinning to the longer-term response. Equally, it is important that both long and short term responses to HIV and AIDS contribute to the building of stronger health systems and to greater social sector capacity more broadly. This panel will look at the investments and innovative actions needed to scale up towards a longer term response to HIV and AIDS in which addressing the current crisis of human resources is part of broader health systems development, and capacity-building.

Date/Time: 31 May, Wednesday, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 4
Moderator: Ms. Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF and Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Assistant Director General for AIDS, TB and Malaria, World Health Organization


1. Mr. Abdou Fall, Minister of Health (Senegal)
2. Mrs. Sigrun Møgedal, AIDS Ambassador (Norway) – Panel Rapporteur
3. Mr. Jon Ungphakorn, Chair, NGO Coalition (Thailand); alternate – Mr. Simon Mphuka, Christian Health Association (Zambia)
4. Mr. Jeffrey Sturchio, Merck & Co. Inc (USA); alternate – Mr. Lawrence Siebert, President and Chairman, Chembio Diagnostic Systems (USA)
5. Mr. Mark Dybul, Global AIDS Coordinator a.i., Department of State (USA)
6. Dr Nicholas Adomakoh, a member of the HIV Commission and Director of HAART Clinic (Barbados)

Panel 3

Title: Ending the increased feminization of AIDS

This panel will focus on how the disproportionate impact of AIDS on women and girls has broader societal implications. Recognizing that in most parts of the world women are at the core of broader development efforts and that their wellbeing is vital to the welfare of communities, the panel will consider how empowering women and girls and protecting their human rights – to ensure they are protected both from HIV infection and from its impact – could help to change the course of the pandemic. It will also consider how to ensure women are involved in determining HIV related policies and programmes.

Date/Time: 1 June, Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 2
Moderator: Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA


1. Mrs. Ulla Tornaes, Minister of Development Cooperation (Denmark)
2. Ms. Nilcea Freire, Minister of the Special Secretariat for Women (Brazil)
3. Ms. Lillian Mworeko, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (Kenya)
4. Ms. Keesha Effs, National Youth Ambassador for Positive Living (Jamaica) - Panel Rapporteur; alternate – Ms. Krista Thompson, General Manager of HIV/AIDS, Becton Dickinson (USA)
5. Ms. Wanda Nowicka, President of Federation for Women and Family Planning (Poland); alternate – Ms. Kanjoo Mbaindjukua, ICW/GNP+ (Namibia)
6. Mr. Brian Brink, Senior Vice President, Anglo American (South Africa)

Panel 4

Title: Sustainable and predictable financing for scaled-up AIDS responses

Recognizing that coming as close as possible to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care will require sustained and predictable funding well into the future, this panel will consider what innovative steps can be taken to secure sufficient and predictable funding from all sources including domestic budgets, without imposing the burden of sustainability on poor nations and the poorest communities, for the next ten years. The discussion will also include sustainable and predictable financing for research and development as well as the shifting of resources to communities.

Date/Time: 1 June, Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 4
Moderator: Mr. Jean-Louis Sarbib, Senior Vice-President, World Bank


1. Professor Joep de Lange, HIV/AIDS Researcher, (Netherlands)
2. Dr. Manto Tshabala-Msimang, Minister of Health (South Africa)
3. Professor Richard Feachem, Executive Director, Global Fund (UK)
4. Mr. Bharat Wakhlu, President, Tata Inc (India); alternate – Ms. Claudia Khan, Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch Inc (USA)
5. Mr. Omolou Falobi, Journalists Against AIDS (Nigeria) – Panel Rapporteur; alternate – Ms. Asia Russell, HealthGap (USA)
6. Dr. Sheikha Ghalya Mohamad Al Thani, Minister of Health (Qatar)

Panel 5

Title: Overcoming stigma and discrimination and changing the way societies respond to people living with HIV

The key focus of this panel will be policy and programmatic levers that can effectively address stigma and discrimination. These include the empowerment of organizations representing people living with HIV, enshrining in the law the rights of people with HIV, and political leadership.

Date/Time: 1 June, Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00 p.m.
Moderator: Mr. Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator, UNDP


1. Ms. Raminta Stuikyte, Director of the Central and Eastern European Harm Reduction Network (Lithuania) – Panel Rapporteur
2. Ms. Moni Pen, Positive Women of Cambodia (alternate – Ms. Margaret Wambete, the chairperson of the HIV+ Teacher's Support Group, Kenya)
3. Ms. Claudia Ahumada, Center for Legal Investigation, University Diego Portales (Chile); alternate – Mr. Ray Fergusan, CEO Americas, Standard Chartered Bank (USA)
4. Rev. Canon Gideon Byamgisha, ANERELA+ (Uganda)
5. H.E. Yurii Polyachenko, Minister of Health (Ukraine) to be confirmed
6. Hon. Mr. Neil Gerrard, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS (UK)


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