- Logistics message for ECOSOC organizations (5 June 2008)
- Civil Society Support Mechanism – 2008 AIDS Review
- On-line civil society application for the 2008 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
- General Assembly decision: Participation of civil society representatives in the high-level meeting (30 April 2008)
- Note by the President of the General Assembly: List of civil society representatives to be invited to participate in the high-level meeting [A/62/CRP.1]
- Logistics Note for Civil Society
- Action for Universal Access 2010: Myths and Realities
Civil society engagement in the 2008 high-level meeting on AIDS
UNAIDS has been working closely with the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and the Civil Society Support Mechanism (CSSM) to support civil society engagement in the high-level meeting and in the country level reporting processes on AIDS. The CSSM is a coalition led by the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC).
Civil Society Task Force
The United Nations Office of the President of the General Assembly has requested UNAIDS Secretariat to convene a Civil Society Task Force to support effective and meaningful participation of civil society organizations and the private sector in the High Level Meeting on AIDS to be held from 10 to 11 June 2008.
The Task Force provides a link for and to civil society groups and coalitions interested in participating in the High Level Meeting. Task Force representatives work with UNAIDS and the Office of the President of the General Assembly to advise on key aspects of the High Level Meeting.
The Civil Society Task Force advises UNAIDS and the Office of the President of the General Assembly in key decisions relating to the effective and meaningful participation of civil society organizations and the private sector in the 2008 High Level Meeting on AIDS.
The Task Force leads on:
- Shaping and implementing the design for the Civil Society Hearing on the first day of the High Level Meeting including format, topics, messages and speakers
- Devising criteria and the call for nominations for civil society speakers
- Identifying, preparing and briefing civil society speakers for all formal sessions
- Briefing civil society participants in the High Level Meeting
The Task Force advises on:
- Issues related to accreditation and attendance by civil society representatives
- The themes of the panel discussions
- Civil society participation in the panel discussions
- Proposed civil society plenary speakers
- Recommendations to the chairs of the panel discussions
- Input into the development of key messages for the Review meeting to be used by UNAIDS at media and communications opportunities
- Advising on logistical issues and needs for civil society attending
The members of the Task Force are:
- Claudia Ahumada, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights/World AIDS Campaign
- Elina Azaryan, East European and Central Asian Union of PLHIV/ICW
- Robert Carr, Global Forum on MSM and HIV/ Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition
- Syed Asif Altaf Chowdhury, International Transport Worker’s Federation
- Vince Crisostomo, Seven Sisters (Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS)
- Stijn Goossens, International Network of People Who Use Drugs
- Linda Hartke, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
- Laxmi Tripathi, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers
- Zonnibel Woods, International Women’s Health Coalition
- Rolake Odetoyinbo, Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
- Liilian Mworkeo, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
- Patricia Mugambi, Ndegwa, Global Business Coalition
- Co-Chair: Kieran Daly, ICASO and on behalf of the Civil Society Support Mechanism
- Co-Chair: Kate Thomson, UNAIDS
On-line civil society application process and accreditation
The General Assembly has requested that a list of relevant civil society representatives, “in particular associations of people living with HIV, non-governmental organizations, including organizations of women and young people, girls and boys and men, faith-based organizations and the private sector, especially pharmaceutical companies and representatives of labour”, including on the basis of the recommendations of UNAIDS and taking into account the principle of equitable geographical representation, be submitted to Member States for consideration on a no-objection basis for a final decision by the Assembly on participation in the high-level meeting, including panel discussions. (paragraph 8, Resolution 62/178)
An on-line application process for civil society organizations was launched in January 2008 to facilitate applications by civil society organizations to attend the meeting. It included background information on the High Level Meeting and Civil Society Hearing, as well as two different forms: a registration form for those organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC; and an accreditation form for non-ECOSOC accredited organizations wishing to attend the high-level meeting. Registration for non-ECOSOC accredited organizations closed on 22 February 2008.
The full list of non-ECOSOC accredited organizations wishing to attend the meeting was then shared with UNAIDS regional and country offices, the Civil Society Task Force and PCB NGO delegation to assist in a verification process. Names of the verified organizations were then shared with Member States for their consideration. Some organizations were not verified if there was insufficient independent information to confirm that they were bona fide organizations working on AIDS. These names were not then submitted to Member States for consideration.
UNAIDS New York office is working with the UN Non Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) to prepare and send individual invitation letters to participants included in the list of accredited organizations and those applying to attend as part of an ECOSOC accredited organization delegation. These letters will be sent by e-mail or fax and a hard copy will follow by regular mail, these letters may be used by participants to apply for their visa. Organizations not accredited to attend the meeting will not receive a letter. Organizations may continue to consult the on-line application form which will shortly be adjusted to indicate the status of their application.
Please note: With the exception of confirmed speakers and alternate speakers, UNAIDS is not able to offer financial support to civil society participants attending the HLM. Participants in need of financial support are encouraged to seek opportunities for funding locally.