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Side Event to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to Address Exclusion

Side Event to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to Address Exclusion

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 3, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Koke, Housing Works, e.koke@housingworks.org (347) 473-7459

Side Event to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to Address Exclusion of Civil Society Organizations
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1pm-3pm
East River Room, Ford Foundation (320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY)
Rally & Press Conference to follow

New York, NY. Twenty-two civil society organizations on five continents that provide services for LGBT communities, drug users, and other marginalized populations have been excluded from the 2016 United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS by an anonymous veto from a UN member state. To address this situation, a coalition of allies, including Housing Works, ICASO, Pangea Global AIDS, Coalition for Vulnerable Communities (CVC), African Services Committee, EANNASO, GNP+, and MSM Global Forum, are organizing a side event, “*The Impact of Civil Society Exclusion on Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030*,” to shed light on the harm done by omitting LGBT communities, drug users, and other marginalized populations from international efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.

The side event will provide a forum for global advocates who cannot formally represent their organizations at the UN to speak on how their exclusion runs counter to the goals of the HLM and impedes our collective efforts to end the epidemic. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 1:00pm to 3:00 p.m. at the Ford Foundation East River Room (320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY), and interested attendees can RSVP to HLM2016@ICASO.org.

Immediately following the event, there will be a march to a rally and press conference on 43rd Street and First Avenue.

Additionally, 15 out of the 22 excluded organizations to date have asked to send representatives to join ally delegations to the 2016 HLM on Ending AIDS. They include African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), Alternatives Cameroon, Network of African People Living with HIV, Eurasian Network for People Who Use Drugs, Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), Asia Pacific Transgender Network, Guyana Tans United, Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG), and House of Empowerment and Awareness in Tanzania (HEAT), among others.

“These organizations provide services to and advocate on behalf of populations that are disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, one of the ally organizations who will be welcoming representatives from the excluded groups to join its delegation. “They have much at stake in joining this meeting, and through their lived experiences fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide they have even more to contribute.”

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Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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