International AIDS Conference 2020 – APCOM Engagements

By June 26, 2020 June 29th, 2020 Advocacy, Newsroom, Regional

Pre-Conference Title:

Rights,  Resources,  Resilience 2020:
Connecting North America to Asia Pacific

Date:

30 June to 03 July 2020

Description:

The Pre-Conference will bring global perspective into the three main cross-cutting themes – Rights, Resources, Resilience – affecting the gay men, MSM, LGBTI and key populations globally. APCOM aims to bring Asia Pacific voices into these critical discussions in the provision of and access to HIV services, in the fight to end AIDS by 2030, and to protect and advance the rights of LGBTI and key populations. At the same time, to forge stronger links of APCOM and Asia Pacific to organsations and institutions based in North America to foster deeper relations through joint projects and initiatives, in particular due to a sizable Asian and Pacific Islanders in North America.

The virtual pre-conference takes inspiration from our Rights, Resources & Resilience in Asia-Pacific (RRRAP) Summit in 2017 that celebrated APCOM’s 10th anniversary, which covered a broad range of issues from the response to HIV, the health and rights of vulnerable communities, and investment into the community. Sadly, the lack of political will in Asia Pacific continues to undermine human rights situation: punitive legal environment is still in place, and lack of investment into the community. The pre-conference is another attempt to achieve heightened political will to increase investment to MSM-led HIV programs and build partnerships and collaboration between networks in Asia Pacific and North America.

Rights, Resources, Resilience 2020 brings over 10 speakers from Asia Pacific, with sessions on community’s reflections on how investments from PEPFAR and the Global Fund have helped to strengthen the community-led responses, and also reflections from organisations in North America on gaps and challenges, in such times of stigma, discrimination and violence aimed at Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social justice movement of Black Lives Matter.  

The pre-conference will also help APCOM in developing its new strategic priorities in the 2021-2025 phase, and also integrating the effects of COVID-19 pandemic to the rights, resources and resilience of the community working on HIV, health and human rights in Asia Pacific.

Notes on the use of time in APCOM Pre-Conference Schedule:

  • AIDS2020 Official Online Programme uses the Pacific Daylight Time Zone.
  • APCOM’s Official Pre-Conference Schedule uses GMT+7 (Bangkok, Thailand) as the main time zone, with reference to PDT, as well as each session speaker’s country time zone.
  • To convert the session schedule to your country’s time zone, please click here.

Acronyms:

  • PDT – Pacific Daylight Timezone
  • GMT – Greenwich Mean Time
  • DST – Daylight Savings Time
  • IST – India Standard Time
  • PKT – Pakistan Standard Time

How to join APCOM’s AIDS2020 Pre-Conference?

The only way you will be able to attend the pre-conferences is to REGISTER at the AIDS2020’s website and/or you already get the conference’s scholarship and/or your pass for the conference. 

For more information about AIDS2020 Virtual, you may visit the AIDS2020 Virtual Official Website here.

To learn more about APCOM’s AIDS2020 Virtual Pre-Conference,
you may send your questions to [email protected]


30 June 2020, Tuesday

Opening Session (LIVE)

Get to know APCOM’s Ambassadors – prominent thinkers and doers in the region and their unique insights into the cross cutting themes; Rights, Resources, and Resilience, towards ending AIDS by 2030 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustaining the rights, resources and resilience amongst key population and priority population in Asia-Pacific: Our Ambassadors speak

Time zoneCity, CountryTime/Schedule
PDT, DSTSan Francisco, USA00.00 – 01.00
IST, GMT +5:30Bengaluru, Karnataka, India12.30 – 13.30
GMT +7Bangkok, Thailand Jakarta, Indonesia14.00 – 15.00
GMT +8Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15.00 – 16.00
GMT +10Sydney, NSW, Australia17.00 – 18.00

To convert the time into your country’s time zone, please click here.

Pre-Conference Channel 1

Co-chairs:

  • Dédé Oetomo, APCOM’s Regional Advisory Group Chairperson
  • Melissa Jones, Director of Public Health, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia

Speakers:

  • Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, APCOM Research Ambassador
    Research Perspective: What is required to sustain the rights, resources and resilience among key population and priority population in Asia-Pacific
  • JVR Prasada Rao, APCOM HIV/AIDS Ambassador
    Stepping up the HIV and AIDS response, and the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, APCOM LGBTI Human Rights Ambassador
    The human rights of LGBTIQ community in Asia-Pacific and ways of connecting movements in North America, Canada and Asia-Pacific
  • Michael Bäk – Private Sector Ambassador
    Leveraging opportunities for partnerships between HIV, LGBTIQ organisations and the private sector, without disregarding effects of COVID-19 pandemic

01 July 2020, Wednesday

Pre-Conference Pre-Recorded Session

Communities:
Reflections from Key Populations on Engaging with PEPFAR in Asia-Pacific

Time zoneCity, CountryTime/Schedule
PDT DSTSan Francisco, USA18.00 – 18.45
(30 June 2020 in US)
GMT +5:45Kathmandu, Nepal06.45 – 07.30
GMT +7Bangkok, Thailand Phnom Penh, Cambodia Jakarta, Indonesia08.00 – 08.45
GMT +10Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea11.00 – 11.45
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Pre-Conference Channel 1

Speakers:

  • Midnight Poonkasetwattana, APCOM
    Communities: Reflections from Key Populations on Engaging with PEPFAR in Asia-Pacific
  • Chanthorn Phorng, Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA)
    Investing in Local Communities in Cambodia: Reflections from Key Population on engaging with PEPFAR in Asia Pacific
  • Manisha Dhakal, Blue Diamond Society
    Investing in Local Communities in Nepal: Reflections from Key Population on engaging with PEPFAR in Asia Pacific
  • Aditya Wardhana, Indonesia AIDS Coalition
    Investing in Local Communities in Indonesia: Reflections from Key Population on engaging with PEPFAR in Asia Pacific
  • Lesley Bola, KP Partnership Network Consortium
    Investing in Local Communities in Papua New Guinea: Reflections from Key Population on engaging with PEPFAR in Asia Pacific

02 July 2020, Thursday

Pre-Conference Pre-Recorded Session

Getting Involved:
Stepping Up National HIV Programming for Key Populations

Time zoneCity, CountryTime/Schedule
PDT DSTSan Francisco, USA01.00 – 01.45
PKT, GMT +5Rawalpindi, Pakistan13.00 – 13.45
GMT +7Bangkok, Thailand Vientiane, Lao PDR Jakarta, Indonesia15.00 – 15.45
GMT +8Manila, Philippines16.00 – 16.45
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Pre-Conference Channel 1

Speakers:

  • Inad Rendon, APCOM
    Getting Involved: Stepping Up National HIV Programming for Key Populations (Introduction to the Session)
  • Meirindi Sebayang, Indonesia Positive Network
    ARV in the COVID-19 pandemic era: Indonesia Voice
  • Vieng Souriyo, CHIAS
    Investments for the Sustainability National HIV Programming: Lao PDR Overview
  • Dr. Ronivin Garcia Pagtakhan, PhD, MAN, RN, LoveYourself
    Philippine CBO’s Innovative Approaches in HIV Service Delivery to respond to COVID-19 outbreak
  • Muhammad Usman, Dareecha Male Society
    Getting Involved: Stepping Up National HIV Programming for Key Populations in Pakistan

03 July 2020, Friday

Pre-Conference Pre-Recorded and LIVE Session

Oceans Apart:
Forging stronger connections across the Pacific Ocean

Time zoneCity, CountryTime/Schedule
PDT DSTSan Francisco, USA19.00 – 20.00
(02 July 2020)
EDT, GMT -4Toronto, Canada Massachusetts, Boston, USA22.00 – 23.00
(02 July 2020)
GMT +7Bangkok, Thailand09.00 – 10.00
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Pre-Conference Channel 1

Co-chairs:

Speakers:

  • Ryan Tran, ACAS
    Rights, Resources, Resilience: Connecting Canada to Asia-Pacific
  • Vincent Crisostomo, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    Rights, Resources, Resilience: Connecting North America to Asia-Pacific
  • Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS RST Asia Pacific
    Reflection on Rights, Resources, Resilience in Asia Pacific – and opportunities to collaborate with North America
  • Dr. Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, John Hopkins University
    Reflection on Rights, Resources, Resilience in North America for Asian and Pacific Islanders, and what how to forge stronger connections across the ocean

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