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Your Chance to Contribute to Next Year's UN AIDS Review

3. December 2010

    In 2011, the United Nations (UN) will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress made to meet the promises contained in the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration. Central to these declarations is the commitment to achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010. But this goal has yet to be realized. It is therefore vital that faith-based organizations join with wider civil society and governments in identifying progress, accounting for underperformance, renewing political and financial commitment to sustain the response, and charting the way forward.

    The format and modalities of the 2011 review have still to be finalized; however it is most likely that there will be a Civil Society Hearing in April followed by a High-Level Meeting in June. Both of these meetings will be in New York. It is possible that the UN Member States attending the High-Level Meeting will adopt a new declaration as its outcome. If this is the case, it is vital that civil society is ready to contribute to the negotiations that will begin in early 2011 at both national and international levels.

    Put your (or a colleague's) name forward by 7 December (URGENT ACTION)
    The EAA has been asked by ICASO (the organization charged by the UN to facilitate civil society input into the review process) to provide six names for consideration for:

    A. The Civil Society Task Force

    This Task Force will facilitate the input of civil society and the private sector into the 2011 Review, including the preparatory process. The Task Force will include 12 individuals from a broad range of civil society sectors, including one representative of a faith-based organization. Task Force members will carry responsibility for communicating as widely as possible to organizations and networks within their constituency, regions and countries. For the draft terms and conditions, please see: http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids/accountability/ungass/.

    B. The Civil Society Task Force Selection Committee
    In order to facilitate a transparent selection process for the above Task Force, ICASO is also setting up a Selection Committee to oversee membership of the Task Force. The Selection Committee will comprise a group of 12 civil society advocates from the different constituencies that will eventually make up the Task Force.

    Nomination forms for both the Task Force and the Selection Committee can be found at http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids/accountability/ungass/. Please send in your nominations by 7 December to rfoley@e-alliance.ch. The EAA's HIV Strategy Group will then review the nominations and forward 6 names to ICASO for consideration. These 6 names will reflect a diversity of gender, world regions and faith communities, and will include people living with HIV. Candidates that have been actively involved in national and global advocacy will be prioritized.

    Get involved in the UN Review in your own country
    Even if you are not nominated for the mechanisms described above, there will be many other opportunities for you to help make sure that the outcomes of the Review are in line with the needs of communities living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. As such, we need to mobilize our constituencies to contribute to coordinated and effective advocacy by civil society at the national level as well as the international level. To be involved in these efforts, why not:

    • Identify and offer your support to other civil society partners in your own country who are planning to work with the government on the negotiations running up to and during the review in 2011.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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