The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. – Source: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.rvRdSQr7.dpuf
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues such as health, gender, or in this case, the world’s drug control priorities. The last time a special session on drugs was held, in 1998, its focus was the total elimination of drugs from the world. Today, political leaders and citizens are pushing to rethink that ineffective and dangerous approach. – Source: Open Society Foundations
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In accordance with resolution A/Res/70/228, the UN General Assembly will convene a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM) from 8-10 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLM will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 and 2011 Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS. It will adopt a concise and action-oriented declaration as its outcome, to be agreed upon by Member States, to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2015, towards achieving the commitment of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The International AIDS Conference plays a key role in driving forward the HIV response as the global platform for HIV/AIDS. It is the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world and continues to be a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Fifteen years later, the conference returns to Durban from 18- 22 July 2016. Be a part of AIDS 2016 as we work together on the next phase of response. Visit www.aids2016community.org.
Barometer Rising: No time to backtrack the fast track to ending HIV as a global health threat by 2030
On December 1, ICAD launched it’s week long blog series on the Huffington Post Canada. We asked Coalition members and partners to share perspectives and insight on what they think needs to be done to strengthen our HIV prevention efforts at home and abroad in order for the world to meet the ambitious target of ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2030.