UNGA 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS – CSO Coordination

UNGA 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS – CSO Coordination

This is the official page for communities of people living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV and civil society organisations to engage in the upcoming UN General Assembly 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM2021AIDS). The General Assembly has called for this HLM to be held on 8-10 June 2021 and invites Member States to participate at the highest level. UNAIDS is taking the lead organising the meeting.  

Communities and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process leading up to the HLM and in the meeting itself. GNP+ and Aidsfonds have been appointed to act as NGO Co-Conveners to work with UNAIDS to facilitate the active and meaningful participation of civil society organisations (CSOs) and communities in the entire HLM process. The work is led by Florence Anam (GNP+) and Arben Fetai (Aidsfonds) and supported by an HLM project team.

A new political declaration on HIV and AIDS

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Force welcomes the adoption today by the United Nations General Assembly of the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

"We affirm the progress represented by the Political Declaration, even as we are disappointed by some critical omissions and weaknesses. We pledge our action and vigilance to ensure that these are addressed as the work of moving towards an AIDS-free world continues."

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Civil Society Participation

  • Multi-stakeholder Task Force (MSTF): UNAIDS has set up a Multi-stakeholder Task Force (MSTF) made up of 16 members representing civil society and the private sector to facilitate civil society involvement in the upcoming HLM. The MSTF will give advice on the format, theme, and programme of the multi-stakeholder hearing (MSH) and help identify speakers for the MSH and HLM plenary and panel discussions. Link to list of members of MSTF.
  • Advisory Group to the Task Force: UNAIDS has also established an Advisory Group to support the Multi-stakeholder Task Force. Invitations have been sent to individuals working, among others, in the areas of paediatrics and HIV, UHC, human rights, gender equality, academia, youth leadership, and more. Link to list of Advisory members.

Key dates

  • 23 April 2021 - interactive multi-stakeholder hearing in preparation for the HLM session in June - Read a blog about the outcomes here
  • 8-11 June 2021 - High-level meeting comprising of plenary sessions and up to five thematic panel discussions. The opening plenary meeting will feature statements by the President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, a person openly living with HIV and an eminent person actively engaged in the AIDS response.
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Get Involved!

The mobilisation of civil society and communities in the process leading up to the next UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM) is critical to the success of the meeting and its outcome. In addition to active participation at the HLM and the preceding Multistakeholder hearing (MSH), civil society activists have a critical role to play to influence their governments and their positions during the negotiations around the new Political Declaration to be adopted at the HLM. This Political Declaration will replace the one adopted at the 2016 HLM and could provide a powerful advocacy tool for civil society to hold their governments to account. 


What you can do

In order to ensure that the Political Declaration contains strong commitments to bring an end to AIDS and leave no one behind, there are a number of key advocacy actions civil society and communities can take in the run-up to the HLM: 

  • Read the Civil Society Declaration for the 2021 HLM on HIV/AIDS
  • Link up with like-minded civil society and community-led organisations and networks in your country to determine joint priorities for communities, raise awareness about the process and organise joint advocacy activities to influence the HLM process.
  • Participate in the regional consultations organised by UNAIDS and other regional agencies. 
  • Contact key government officials engaged with the HLM at the capital level and at the New York Mission level to influence your country’s input into the negotiations around the Political Declaration. 
  • Advocate for your government to include representatives of affected communities in the country delegation to the HLM and advocate for the highest level of government representation at the HLMs (President or Ministerial). 
  • Contact your national UNAIDS office if you need support or information.
  • Follow us on Twitter and join the movement under #WeAreHLM

Join the community engagement webinar series

We invite you to take part in our three-part series to engage you as advocates and civil society members in preparation for and post the United Nations General Assembly 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. The webinars will be hosted on ZOOM and streamed live on the GNP+ Facebook page in English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Past session

  • Session 1 'HLM 2021 Basics: Engagement and advocacy opportunities' will introduce advocates to the HLM and share the basics on how they can engage 
  • Session 2 'HLM 2021 Advocacy: Preparing for action' will support the preparation of advocates by sharing some of the key advocacy battlegrounds and how they can fine-tune their advocacy strategies leading up to the HLM 

Upcoming sessions

  • Session 3 'HLM 2021 Outcomes' will be a report back of the HLM and share the final outcomes of the process, including an analysis of gains and losses in language
    • Dates: Wednesday, 16 June, Thursday, 17 June
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Looking ahead to the 2021 UNGA HLM on HIV/AIDS

With the first Multi-Stakeholder Meeting as part of the civil society prep process for the UN General Assembly HLM 2021 on AIDS behind us, our Aidsfonds Head of Policy U.S. Marielle Hart, looks back at the session and its results. Read her full blog article now. 

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Statement in response to the zero draft

"Communities & civil society in the global AIDS response have for decades called for human rights- and evidence-based combination prevention, treatment & care. This could have made the end of AIDS a reality by now." Read the full Multi-Stakeholder Task Force statement in response to the zero draft 2021 political declaration. 

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For more information on civil society organisation participation, contact:

HLM2021AIDS - Members of the Advisory Group to the MSH taskforce

HLM2021AIDS - Multi-Stakeholder Task Force Member list

A Civil Society Engagement Guide to the HLM 2021

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