Special Accreditation of Civil Society
One of the major objectives outlined in the General
Assembly’s resolution that describes the 2006 High-Level Meeting to
be held in New York from 31 May to 2 June 2006 is maximum active
participation of civil society.
On 27 March 2006, almost 800 civil society organizations were
cleared by UN Member States for special accreditation to attend the
Review — an unprecedented number. These organizations will be able
to join organizations already accredited to ECOSOC and those that
will take part as members of national delegations in the Review.
The decision to offer special accreditation to such a high number
of organizations marks a critical moment in the history of the AIDS
response helping to underline commitment from many corners of the
world to work on AIDS across sectors and in partnership. The Review
promises an unprecedented level of involvement for civil society
including presentation slots in plenary, roundtable and panel
UNAIDS is currently approaching donors to mobilize funds to
support civil society attendance at the Review — details will be
made available soon.