Rights, Resources & Resilience Asia Pacific: Strengthening the Regional Response to Community Health and Rights

By August 28, 2017 Showcase

Just over a decade ago, HIV and community health advocates from across Asia and the Pacific met at a historic summit in India to help deliver a more coordinated regional response to the impact of HIV on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. While much progress has been made since then, the HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific continues to escalate among these vulnerable communities. To address this situation, now is the time to once again take stock and navigate a viable course for the next 10 years that will move Asia and the Pacific closer to a sustainable future that’s free of HIV and inclusive of all sexualities and gender identities. APCOM – which was established 10 years ago following the Consultation in India – is pleased to present the RRRAP Summit, a once in a generation opportunity to honour the past and build the future of communities across Asia and the Pacific which have struggled and continue to strive for a healthier and more inclusive region.

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Pre-Summit Gala Fundraiser

12 Nov ’17 6.30pm – 11pm HERO Awards

RRRAP Summit

13 Nov ’17 9am – 5pm Opening Plenary + 9 Sessions
14 Nov ’17 9am – 5pm Day 2 Plenary + 9 Sessions
15 Nov ’17 9am – 5pm Day 3 Plenary + 9 Sessions + Closing Plenary

Community RRRAP

16 Nov ’17 9am – 5pm Community Skills Development Seminar
17 Nov ’17 9am – 5pm APCOM Strategic Planning Consultation and Community Forum

Ticket Prices

Event Early Bird (before 2 Oct) Standard
RRRAP Summit (3 days) US$120 US$150
Community Skills Development Seminar US$40 US$50
APCOM Strategic Planning Consultation and Community Forum US$40 US$50

Accommodation   Special discounted room rates are available for delegates who choose to stay at the Pullman King Power Hotel.

RRRAP SUMMIT Paying tribute to the first Risks & Responsibilities summit in 2006 which gave birth to APCOM a year later, this landmark three-day event in Bangkok will bring together up to 300 members, stakeholders and influencers of the Asia-Pacific HIV, community health and rights response for a vital community dialogue on how an effective combination of rights, resources and resilience can help end the HIV epidemic among MSM and transgender people by 2030. Featuring a future focussed agenda of exploration, evaluation and inspiration, the broad objective of the RRRAP Summit is to map out the planning and partnerships needed in Asia and the Pacific to reach the UNAIDS Fast Track goals for 2020 and 2030, the 2030 goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda, and the application of the Yogyakarta Principles.

The RRRAP Summit 2017 has ended, you can find all the presentations here.

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The final agenda has been released. You can have a look at the agenda here. To get further updates, please subscribe to the APCOM newsletter by clicking here.

You can also access the presentation of RRRAP here.

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As a community network, APCOM is committed to delivering opportunities that support the work of individuals and organisations from the communities we serve. Following the RRRAP Summit, we’ll be offering two days of community focused events.

Community Skills Development Seminar

This one-day event will comprise a series of practical workshops for representatives from community based organisations who are interested in updating their knowledge and skills across a range of topics.

The preliminary agenda has been released. You can have a look at the agenda here. The full agenda is still being finalised and will be released one week prior to the conference. To get updates, please subscribe to the APCOM newsletter by clicking here.

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APCOM Strategic Planning Consultation and Community Forum

APCOM’s work with our community partners is guided by our current Strategic Plan. We’re in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 and through this one-day consultation we’ll be seeking to incorporate the views of our community partners to help develop our strategic priorities and how we deliver on them.

The preliminary agenda has been released. You can have a look at the agenda here. The full agenda is still being finalised and will be released one week prior to the conference. To get updates, please subscribe to the APCOM newsletter by clicking here.

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HERO AWARDS: HONOURING OUR HEROES AND HERITAGE Since the formation of APCOM ten years ago, much has been achieved both in terms of health and rights for vulnerable communities in Asia and the Pacific, and it’s appropriate to honour the hard work and dedication of the people and organisations which have helped bring about these gains. The RRRAP Summit will showcase the incredible achievements of the regional response over the last decade through a range of initiatives including the HERO Awards, a special pre-summit gala on the evening of Sunday 12 November which will acknowledge outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Learn more about the HERO Awards here, including how you can nominate your heroes and book tickets.

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Some of the Asia Pacific region’s leading HIV, health, rights and community advocates are supporting the event as RRRAP Ambassadors.  The five ambassadors will attend the summit and contribute to the development of the summit’s agenda.

HIV Ambassador

  • Prasada Rao, UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for the Asia Pacific region and former Indian Health Secretary 
  • “When the ominous prediction of the Commission on AIDS in Asia that more than 50% of new infections will occur among the MSM community in the region is coming true, it is necessary for everyone to rally our forces to see that this does not happen. I am thrilled to participate in the RRRAP Summit in Bangkok.”


LGBT Human Rights Ambassador

  • The Hon Michael Kirby, jurist, academic, former Australian High Court Justice and former UN Human Rights Council Commissioner
  • “The bullying and hatred (of LGBT people in many places in Asia and the Pacific) has to stop. It is not only contrary to human rights. It is bad for development, business and social harmony. This is why the RRRAP Summit is so well timed.”


Research Ambassador

  • Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman, University of Malaya Dean of Medicine and Prof. of Infectious Diseases
  • “This RRRAP Summit is timely to remind us all that we need to increase our collective effort to ensure that the LGBT community receives access to knowledge and HIV prevention and treatment in the face of an escalation of the HIV epidemic within the community in this region”


Pacific Ambassador

  • Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific and former President of Fiji
  • “The Pacific out of all regions has the best fighting chance of “getting to zero”. Our population numbers, geographical make up and current infection numbers work greatly in our favour. The RRRAP Summit is a fundamental and an excellent prospect for us to share with our brothers and sisters in the Asian region as we endeavor together to healthier and inclusive regions.”


Community Ambassador

  • John Raspado, Mr Gay World 2017, Mr Gay World Philippines 2017
  • “The response from our communities to the health and rights of our communites has been powerful and courageous, especially in those places where violence, discrimination, stigma and exclusion form significant barriers to the provision of care and support. We can learn so much from each other and the RRRAP Summit provides an incredibly valuable forum to do this.”


Corporate Ambassador

  • Peter Sargant, Standard Charter, Executive Director for Group Employee Banking and Corporate Partnerships,  Board member of Hong Kong HIV organisation AIDS Concern
  • “There is much that the business sector can do not only in terms of mobilizing financial resources but also in terms of support through equipment, logistics, training and networking. I’m very proud to be involved with the RRRAP Summit and encourage other members of Asia’s corporate sector to get involved too.”


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For more information, please contact: Michael Badorrek, APCOM Snr Communications and Partnerships Manager | +66 (0) 6 3840 1122 | [email protected] | Skype: mickbadskype

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