WEBINAR: Meet the new North American NGO delegates to the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS

Published: March 13, 2019

How does Civil Society engage the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS? Meet the new North American NGO delegation!

UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board and Civil Society – North American NGO Delegation report back 

 Meet the new North American NGO delegates!

Mar 19, 2019 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register for the webinar here

The UNAIDS 43rd Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) met in Geneva, Switzerland on December 11-13, 2018. This 43rd PCB meeting, with its very full to overflowing agenda, heightened tensions vis-à-vis the release of a report prepared by the Independent Expert Panel; the announcement by the Executive Director of his upcoming departure; and, the many reports and updates requiring actions from the Board. Two non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives per region sit with Member States and provide input in a variety of ways. This year, North America is represented by Wangari Tharao and Andrew Spieldenner – who are both starting their 2-3 year terms.

This webinar will take place March 19, from noon to 1 pm EST (9 am to 10 am Pacific time).  We will review what happened in December 2018 as well as gathering your input for the Special Session in March 2019!

We will be talking about the NGO report on Migration and HIV, the all-day session on mental health and quality of life issues for people living with HIV and key populations –  as well as findings from the Independent Expert Panel Report on sexual harassment and bullying at UNAIDS.

We also want to hear from our constituents about what their concerns are for the Special Session on the Independent Expert Panel Report – and about moving targets in the global HIV movement (like the proposed Universal Health Care plan).

The PCB NGO delegation welcomed in December 2018 new NGO delegates, including Andrew Spieldenner, from the United States People Living with HIV Caucus (or the HIV Caucus) and Wangari Tharao from Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC (WHIWH).

Webinar Speakers

Andrew R. Spieldenner, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University-San Marcos. Dr. Spieldenner’s research is at the intersection of health and intercultural communication focused in HIV and the LGBTQ community. A longtime HIV activist, Dr. Spieldenner currently serves as Chair of the United States People living with HIV Caucus and North American Delegate to UNAIDS.

Wangari Tharao is the Director of Research and Programs at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community health centre that provides primary healthcare services for African, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian women in Toronto and surrounding areas.  She is also a recognized community based researcher, researching HIV issues relevant to women living in Canada who have migrated from countries with generalized HIV epidemics, mainly from Africa and the Caribbean. Her research bridges knowledge generation, programmatic and policy practice to support effective actions on HIV. Wangari is also a recognized HIV advocate and has co-founded several local, provincial, national and international networks including, the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC) and the African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN) to support Black populations living in Canada and other developed countries mount effective responses to HIV/AIDS. She is currently one of the two North American representatives on the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).

 Meet the new North American NGO delegates!

Mar 19, 2019 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register for the webinar here

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