On Wednesday 6 April, 2016, Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations convened an Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing as part of the preparatory process towards the high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS that will be held 8-10 June 2016. The hearing took place on the General Assembly floor of the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
The hearing provided civil society, donors, and other stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing preparations of the Political Declaration with Member States. It also provided an opportunity for representatives from civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, organizations and networks representing people living with HIV, women, adolescents and young persons and other relevant stakeholders to update each other on the latest data, epidemiology and socio-political context as it relates to the upcoming negotiations.
According to UNAIDS, the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS will focus the world’s attention on the importance of a fast-track approach to the AIDS response over the next five years. The UNAIDS Fast-Track approach aims to achieve ambitious targets by 2020, including:
- Fewer than 500 000 people newly infected with HIV.
- Fewer than 500 000 people dying from AIDS-related causes.
- Elimination of HIV-related discrimination.
AIDSFree Deputy Project Director Helen Cornman represented AIDSFree at the hearing and was a participant in the Twitter exchange during the event.