From 8th to 10th June 2016, UN member states will come together for a High-Level Meeting (HLM) to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the past Political Declarations on HIV and AIDS. This HLM will produce the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS which will guide the national HIV responses and plans, human rights and legal reforms, and financing commitments from donors and domestic governments for the period 2016-2021. The Political Declaration, undoubtedly, will have a significant influence on national strategic plans and HIV programmes for 2016-2021.
APCOM and Youth Voices Count, with support from Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, have jointly developed this Special Brief on the HLM. The brief is designed to enable civil society to engage with national government and development partner stakeholders on key issues for MSM and transgender people in the Zero Draft of the upcoming HLM.
Throughout the Brief, APCOM and YVC echo the 5 key priorities that have been highlighted by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF). The draft also presents recommendations on language framing and retention to keep the priorities of Key populations, young people, HIV financing, community involvement, and other issues unique in Asia Pacific Region.
The community advocates are expected to utilise the Brief within their advocacy effort with their country partners, stakeholders and with UNAIDS country office.