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UA/UNGASS Updates from GYCA
Mar 9th, 2011 - 11:05:28
Dear GYCA members,
In the last few weeks, GYCA staff and Regional Focal Points (RFPs) have been
very busy with the Universal Access (UNGASS+10) process so we want to share with
you a second update of where do we stand. As you may know, this year is crucial
to get reinforced commitments from governments and multilateral agencies so we
need act now!
Regional consultations: UNAIDS organized consultations in different regions of
the world where people from governments, civil society, cooperation agencies and
people living with HIV were able to discuss the challenges and the the future of
the Universal Access goals. Manuella Donato, GYCA RFP for Latinamerica attended
the consultation in Mexico, Mawethu Zita and Yvonne Akoth, RFPs for Southern
Africa and Eastern Africa are attending the meeting for Eastern and Southern
Africa in Johanesburg, Sydney Hushie, GYCA staff from Ghana attended the
consultation in Dakar and Ajay Kumar and Rachel Arinii, RFPs for South Asia and
Asia/Pacific will attend the consultation in Asia.
Civil Society Task Force: Ajay Kumar from Nepal is the only youth representative
on the TF that is organizing the Civil Society Hearings. He just came back from
the first meeting that took place in NY and he'll be participating in the group
until the end of the HLM. The Task Force will invite speakers, organize panels
and coordinate the dialogue among the different stakeholders. The hearings will
take place in April 8.
Civil Society Hearings: People from civil society, particularly those from NGOs
with ECOSOC status, will be able to attend the Hearings at the UN building. Even
though governmental delegations will be invited, the hearings will focus on the
key challenges and other topics where civil society thinks is necessary to
demand accountability. There is a risk that the process may be very disconnected
to the High Level Meeting on AIDS that will take place at the UN two months
later but anyways is important to keep an eye on the Hearings.
Partnerships: GYCA is currently working with Advocates for Youth, Youth RISE,
Youth Coalition, GNP+, the World AIDS Campaign and the HIV Young Leaders Fund to
develop an advocacy strategy. We're also working in organizing a Youth Caucus
before the High Level Meeting (more details available soon).
Mali Youth Summit: From April 15-17 there will be a meeting organized by UNAIDS
with almost 100 young people from all over the world to discuss Universal Access
and the future of activism on HIV. Some GYCA members have been invited to be
part of this meeting. Outcomes of the Summit will be shared with everybody once
the meeting is over.
Remember that August 2010-August 2011 is the International Year of Youth.
Governments and UN agencies should be committed to support young people and we
should also get informed and involved on the situations that affect our lives.
If you participated on a national ore regional consultation please let us know!
Also, if you have any chances to get into your government's delegation to the UN
also let us know so we can find a way to support you. Feel free to get in touch
sending an email to ricardo (at) gyca.org