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This is to remind you that registration for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS closes on 18th February.

On-line civil society application form http://esango.un.org/event/unaidsmeeting/
It will be possible to apply on-line to attend the HLM and Civil Society Hearing between Monday 31 January and Friday 18 February.2011.

This on-line application site has only very brief instructions on how to complete the form so it is important that you first read the detailed background information and instruction sheet posted on the UNAIDS website and / or consult the attached CS Announcement. The on-line form collects basic information about your organization and why you want to participate in the events. It also collects information on the individuals your organization would like to send. A maximum of two representatives can apply on behalf of each organization applying for special accreditation to attend the meeting.

Please note that space in the UN building is very limited and accreditation does not guarantee access to the venues for official meetings.  For this reason, civil society organizations are strongly encouraged to focus energies on dialogue with their governments in the months preceding the HLM, to ensure that their views and aspirations are reflected in the outcome document of the meeting.


Civil Society application process to participate in
the 2011 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM) and Civil Society Hearing (CSH)


Application submission closes 18 Feb 2011


The General Assembly in its  resolution A/Res/65/180 has called for a high-level meeting (HLM) on 8 -10 June 2011, to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, including successes, best practices, lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, challenges and opportunities, and recommendations to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2010, including concrete strategies for action, as well as to promote the continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS.


The outcome of the high-level meeting will be a new “concise

and action-oriented declaration that reaffirms and builds on the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2010…” (Paragraph 19, Resolution 65/180). The declaration will be negotiated by Member States in the months before the HLM.


The high-level meeting will comprise plenary meetings and up to five thematic panel discussions.  An informal interactive hearing with civil society (CSH) will take place two months before the high-level meeting in April 2011.


Informational background document on the UN General Assembly  HLM on HIV/AIDS and the CSH, as well as information and instructions on the registration process to attend is posted at the UNAIDS Website: http://www.unaids.org/en/aboutunaids/unitednationsdeclarationsandgoals/2011highlevelmeetingonaids/civilsocietyand2011highlevelmeetingonaids/


Please consult this document for background information and instructions on the application process to be registered to attend the meetings. You will also learn about the application process to be selected as a civil society speaker at one of the events.


UNAIDS has been working closely with the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to  provide support to civil society engagement in the HLM. The NGO Branch of DESA is coordinating an on-line registration process for civil society representatives wishing to attend the UN General Assembly HLM on HIV/AIDS and the related Civil Society Hearing (CSH).  After reading the background document and instructions posted on the UNAIDS Website you will need to move to the on-line application process on the DESA/UN website. 

On-line civil society application form http://esango.un.org/event/unaidsmeeting/
It will be possible to apply on-line to attend the HLM and Civil Society Hearing between Monday 31 January and Friday 18 February.2011.

This on-line application site has only very brief instructions on how to complete the form so it is important that you first read the detailed background information and instruction sheet posted on the UNAIDS website. The on-line form collects basic information about your organization and why you want to participate in the events. It also collects information on the individuals your organization would like to send. A maximum of two representatives can apply on behalf of each organization applying for special accreditation to attend the meeting. 

Please note that space in the UN building is very limited and accreditation does not guarantee access to the venues for official meetings.  For this reason, civil society organizations are strongly encouraged to focus energies on dialogue with their governments in the months preceding the HLM, to ensure that their views and aspirations are reflected in the outcome document of the meeting.

The deadline for registration is Friday 18 February.  Once the deadline is closed, UNAIDS will present a list of non ECOSOC accredited organizations applying to attend the HLM to the President of the General Assembly. In accordance with the Resolution 65/180, the President of the General Assembly will consult with Member States and present a list of organizations to the Assembly for a final approval on a no-objection basis. As soon as possible thereafter the list of organizations that has been agreed for accreditation will be published.

Applying to be a speaker


The form includes questions so that individuals wishing to nominate themselves to participate as speakers for the Civil Society Hearing, the HLM panel discussions or the plenary can nominate themselves for consideration.
Additional information is required for a Civil Society Task Force  (see below) to assist in identifying  speakers for the Civil Society Hearing,  HLM panel discussions and plenary. If you want to be considered as a speaker you will need to complete the HLM Speaker Application Form that can be found on the UNAIDS website at:
http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/document/2011/HLM2011_SpeakerApplication.pdf


Civil Society Task Force


A Civil Society Task Force is currently being set up to support the President of the General Assembly in key decisions relating to the attendance and participation of civil society organizations and the private sector in the HLM and the CSH. The Task Force will be made of:


•    At least two representatives of networks of people living with HIV
•    At least three representatives from marginalized communities
•    At least one UNAIDS PCB NGO delegate
•    A representative of the labour sector
•    A representative of the private/business sector
•    A representative from a women’s organization
•    A representative from a youth organization
•    A representative from a faith-based organization

The Task Force will meet three times before the HLM. The Terms of Reference of the Task Force are available upon request from UNAIDS.

Two of the most important functions of the Civil Society Task Force are providing guidance to the OPGA and UNAIDS on the format, themes and topics to be discussed at the Civil Society Hearing; as well as leading the selection of speakers to represent civil society and private sector organizations at the high-level meeting and the Civil Society Hearing.

Programme of the Civil Society Hearing


As soon as the membership of the Task Force has been finalized and approved by the OPGA, work will begin to draft the programme of the Civil Society Hearing. More detailed information will be made available as plans progress.

If you have additional questions, an email address is provided in the documents so that we can respond to your questions directly.

Thank you for your interest in the 2011 UN General Assembly HLM on HIV/AIDS and the Civil Society Hearing.