Unaids opens e-consultation about post-2015 HIV-agenda

POSTED: 01/25/13 12:23 PM

St. Maarten / PORT OF SPAIN,—Since the turn of the century the Millennium Development Goals have guided global efforts surrounding the eradication of poverty, diseases, gender inequalities and environmental crises. The goals will have reached their target date in two years’ time. As such, the international community is currently in the process of negotiating the global development agenda to be put in place after 2015. In order to capture diverse perspectives on how HIV and health should be reflected in the period after 2015, Unaids is hosting an online consultation until February 3 which is open to all people.

The consultation welcomes views around three connected themes: How the HIV epidemic and response remain relevant to the Post-2015 Agenda; how principles and practices forged in the AIDS response may contribute to a more equitable and sustainable health and development agenda; and how to reform systems of decision-making, monitoring, evaluation and accountability to guide efforts towards the end of the HIV epidemic.

“This is an opportunity for you, the people of the Caribbean, to have your voices heard on what development priorities and approaches should be going forward,” Unaids Caribbean regional support team director Dr. Ernest Massiah said in a press statement. “The region needs to speak out clearly about its priorities and the lessons learned from the HIV experience that can be applied to the world’s development agenda.”

The e-Consultation is moderated by nine international experts on HIV, human rights, health and development. Together with Unaids, moderators will produce a synthesis report at the end of the consultation. This report will be used to influence on-going negotiations, including a high-level health thematic meeting scheduled for March 5 and 6 in Botswana.

“It is important that the Caribbean helps form global consensus so that we can share our insights and help create a roadmap that responds to our needs,” Massiah stressed.

To participate in the e-consultation visit http://www.worldwewant2015.org/health.

Unaids is the joint United Nations program on HIV/Aids; it is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. For information go to unaids.org and unaidscaribbean.org


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