Application Deadline:30 September 2021, 5:00 pm CET
Location:Home-based / Remote
Language required:English


In 2022, we celebrate thirty-five years of existence as a champion for the rights of people living with HIV. Founded in 1986, we continue to engage and support national and regional networks of people living with HIV, through the power of evidence-based advocacy, we challenge governments and global leaders to improve access to quality HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services. Our current strategy “Uniting communities to celebrate diversity, dignity and change”, was created to guide our work from 2018 to 2021 and is coming to an end.

As GNP+ charts its way into the future, we recognise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our work and programming. 

The organisation understands the need to reflect on its strategy and objectives to ensure our work is legitimate, relevant, and delivers in ensuring contribution to the quality of life for people living with HIV and key populations around the globe.

Scope of work:

The scope of work for the Consultant(s) will include but is not limited to:

  • In consultation with the Co-Executive Director and strategy committee, prepare an inception report with detailed step-by-step process, methods, tools, and timelines for both the review and development and validation of the strategic plan.
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis of the current strategy with a particular focus on its strengths, weaknesses (gaps), and the key achievement that would build momentum for the 2022-2026 strategy.
  • Undertake a stakeholder mapping and analysis from within and outside the HIV sector to enrich the shaping of GNP+s key focus over the next 5 years.
  •  Facilitate the consultation of key stakeholders in order to capture priorities, issues and the landscape in which the strategy would be implemented.
  •  Provide an outline of recommendations for GNP+ priorities for the next 5 years.
  •  Support the development and formulation of the GNP+’s identity, mission, vision, and area of focus for the new strategy.
  • Work with GNP+ to design the theory of change and the cost estimation of the strategic plan.

The consultant(s) will be asked to lead on the following activities: 

  • Review and adaptation of existing programme strategic guide, recent evaluation reports, and theory of change templates and finalising an overall strategy template in the inception report of the consultancy. 
  • Adaptation and application of modern-day strategy development tools and methodologies such as stakeholder analysis, power and gender analysis, environmental and climate change screening and mapping tools etc. 
  • Ensuring a participatory and inclusive process with the involvement of all stakeholders. 
  •  Ensuring privacy and non-disclosure of sensitive data and information. 


The consultancy will be for a period of 5-7 months with a start date in October 2021.


To apply for this consultancy, please send an expression of interest demonstrating how you meet the above requirements, and a brief technical and financial proposal of how you would plan to carry out this assignment, with a draft work plan, and results to be achieved, including a daily rate. Your application should also include your CV, including the contact details of two referees. Please submit your application to  recruitment@gnpplus.net

The deadline for submission is 30th September 2021. 


We are the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), a network for people living with HIV, run by people living with HIV. We engage with and support national and regional networks of people living with HIV, and this ensures that our global work is grounded in their local experiences and priorities. The meaningful involvement of people living with HIV is at the heart of all that we do.

GNP+ seeks to appoint two new board members. This is a voluntary role in the organisation. No member of the Board will receive compensation or remuneration in accordance with the policies, principles, and criteria set forth in its charter. Travel and lodging expenses for Board related activities are reimbursed according to GNP+ policies.

Participation and Time Commitment:

  1. Board members are legally required to fulfill their fiduciary duties, which will require you to devote a minimum of 35 hours per year to the organization. The amount of time will vary, from attending board meetings to regularly reviewing financial statements and meeting materials, committee meetings, orientation sessions, and special events.
  2. The full board convenes on a quarterly basis by conference call, start and end of year meetings, and 1 yearly face to face meeting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The board has the responsibility to:

  1. Board Members are expected to rigorously prepare for, attend and participate in all Board and applicable committee meetings, and to spend the time needed to properly fulfill their obligations.
  2. Appoint, manage and regularly review the performance of the Co-Executive Directors
  3. Participate in all Board activities including Meetings and relevant Committee Meetings as determined;
  4. Represent GNP+ and the GNP+ Board upon request and provide post-meeting reports;
  5. Approve, monitor, and review the progress of the annual budget and work plan
  6. Monitor and review the financial results
  7. Approve annual and quarterly financial statements, and approve release thereof
  8. Approve annual organizational reports, approve release thereof
  9. Develop and monitor the 5-year Strategic Plan along with Executive Leadership
  10. Respond to requests of endorsements and public statements along with Executive Leadership
  11.  All board members are expected to participate in helping to keep the organisation healthy by mobilizing resources.

Download full Terms of Reference

For more information you can email one of our co-directors:

  • Sbongile Nkosi – snkosi@gnpplus.net
  • Gerard van Mourik – gvanmourik@gnpplus.net

We encourage applications from trans, gender diverse and intersex people, Black, indigenous and Latinx people and people of color, D/deaf and disabled people, people from a migrant background, and sex workers.

Application Deadline:17 September 2021, 5:00 pm CET
Location:Home-based / Remote
Language required:English


In every country with available data, transgender populations are among the most at-risk groups for HIV. In 2017, global HIV prevalence among transgender people was approximately 13 times higher than among cisgender adults of reproductive age.[1] GATE and its partners recognize the need for trans activists and organizations to build their capacity in designing and implementing evidence-based strong advocacy plans that result in policy change and improvement in access to HIV services at national level. 

GATE and GNP+ seek to address the need to foster the capacity of trans and PLHIV organizations and activists to develop and implement organizational HIV advocacy plans through a joint effort of their individual CRG SI component 2 grants. 

[1] UNAIDS. “Miles to go – closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices”. 2018:111.

Scope of Work

Consultant will gather the necessary information to create a community-generated advocacy development plan training guide and conduct a training using the developed guide. 

The consultant will develop an advocacy planning training guide that includes a minimum of 2 case studies of successful examples of community advocacy; and facilitate advocacy planning trainings (online) and guide beneficiary organizations in developing their organizational/country advocacy plans in Malawi, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, eSwatini, Tanzania, Thailand,  Ukraine and Zambia.


  • Timeline and work plan.
  • Training guide
  • Online training (can be pre-recorded)


  • In-depth understanding of transgender issues. Specific understanding relating to national and regional HIV responses in West, East and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia is an asset.
  • In-depth practical knowledge of advocacy plan development and implementation. 
  • Knowledge of the global HIV response, particularly regarding engagement of key populations.
  • Ability to work remotely in an independent, responsible and timely way.
  • Experience in developing and delivering online manuals and guidelines with community input.

Selection Process

GATE and GNP+ will select the consultant based on proposals from interested applicants.

Submit the following to the emails listed below with the suggested subject line by 5:00 pm CET on or before September 17, 2021:

Email: to: applications@gate.ngo with copy to tmagwenzi@gnpplus.net
Subject line: Surname – Advocacy Consultancy (e.g. Smith – Advocacy Consultancy)

  • A letter of interest.
  • Financial Proposal.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including name and contact details of two references.

About GNP+ & GATE

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is a network for and run by people living with HIV. We engage with and support national and regional networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV), ensuring that our global work is grounded in their local experiences and priorities. The meaningful involvement of PLHIV is at the heart of all that we do. We work with communities that are both geographic and identity-based. Using the power of evidence-based advocacy, we challenge governments and global leaders to improve access to quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.

GATE, Global Action for Trans Equality, is an international organization and registered not-for-profit with its main offices in New York, USA. GATE campaigns globally for trans, gender diverse and intersex equality, empowering and giving voice to communities to politically mobilize on issues of gender identity, sex characteristics and bodily diversity. GATE’s programmatic work is organized around four areas: depathologization and legal reform, transgender issues in the international HIV response, movement building and development, and United Nations processes. We provide our communities with support and technical capacity, produce, and share critical knowledge, advocate for increased and more accessible funding for community-led efforts, monitor key international processes, and facilitate community activists’ engagement with these processes. We are committed to being fully accountable to our communities and to supporting activists’ development and wellbeing.

It is with great joy to announce that Cedric Nininahazwe has joined GNP+ as the Love Alliance Global Advocacy Manager based in our Amsterdam office.  

Cedric has worked with several key population and community organizations for the last 15 years with increasing responsibility and authority in each of his roles; he is joining GNP+ from Y+ Global, where he has served as the Director of Programmes, Management and Governance since 2016. Cedric brings a wealth of knowledge about advocating for change, working with communities, and holding decision-makers accountable. 

‘’My advocacy experience started 15 years ago when I joined the Burundian network of young people living with HIV; throughout the journey, my passion for serving others has continued to grow along with my experience of influencing change.’’

Cedric is a lawyer by profession and has over the years built his career as a human rights activist, especially for young people, access to HIV and SRHR services, and education.

‘’My law degree has always been my intellectual weapon and source of knowledge to achieve the best of myself in human rights activism and building capacity of my fellow young leaders, I am excited to join GNP+ and the love alliance partnership, this is another opportunity for me to serve my community.’’ 

We are excited to have Cedric Nininahazwe on board; we believe his experience will be an added value as we invest in addressing structural barriers to SRHR, gender inequality, decriminalisation, financing for key populations, increased access to healthcare, and justice of people living with HIV and key population communities in all their diversity.  

Call for Expressions of Interest

Application deadline: COB September 17, 2021 

Unitaid is a global health initiative that is working with partners to end the world’s tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and hepatitis C epidemics. Founded in 2006, the organization funds the final stages of research and development of new drugs, diagnostics and disease-prevention tools, helps produce data supporting guidelines for their use, and works to allow more affordable generic medicines to enter the marketplace in low- and middle-income countries.  Unitaid is also a vehicle to encourage follow-on innovation, to ensure medicines are available in formulations and combinations that are best suited to the target populations and treatment conditions in developing countries.

For more information on Unitaid, please visit the website here.

The Communities Delegation to the Unitaid Board aims for a Unitaid in which people living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV have access to tests, medicines and products that prevent new infections, that are affordable and meet their needs. The delegation represents the communities and their views at Unitaid Board and Committee level and ensures the voices from the communities positively influence the decisions, priorities, programmes and overall impact of Unitaid, at Board and country level.

The Position: The Communities Delegation to the Board of Unitaid is looking to appoint a new Alternate Board Member (Alternate) to represent Communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV. 

The Alternate will work with the Communities Board member, Liaison Officer and members of the Delegation to represent the voices and issues of people living with the diseases.  Applicants must be able to commit 25% of their working time to the position and have the support of their organisation for the role and time commitment.

The term of service is a total of 4 years: 2 years as Alternate Board member, followed by 2 years as Board member (the Alternate Board member will be offered the Board member post subject to satisfactory performance evaluations).  

The new Alternate should be available to attend the forthcoming virtual Executive Board Committee meetings on 13-14 October 2021 as an induction to the new role.

Please note this is an unpaid position but travel costs, including a per diem, will be covered by Unitaid. Some support towards the telephone, computer/internet, and other office costs will also be provided.

Reaching full gender balance is a key target for the Delegation for incoming Alternate and Board Members. Male applicants are therefore specifically encouraged to apply for this Alternate Board Member position. Community members living with the diseases and from Unitaid-implementing countries in Latin America, Asia, West and Central Africa are strongly encouraged to apply. You will find an overview of the Unitaid projects and implementing countries here.

Applicants will be assessed through their CV and application form and will be asked to participate in a telephone interview if short-listed. The application form is available here and the full Terms of Reference is available on pages 7 – 11 of the Delegation Handbook, available here.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Results of the appointment will be circulated on civil society mailing lists.

Interested community members with the above expertise and criteria are invited to submit the Application Form via email to wvandevelde@gnpplus.net. The deadline for submissions is September 17, 2021 COB.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.

Best Regards,

Wim Vandevelde

Liaison Officer, Communities Delegation to Unitaid Board

28 July 2021: World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on 28 July, to raise awareness of the silent epidemic that is viral hepatitis.  

This year’s theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ – marginalized populations, including children, people who inject drugs, indigenous peoples, and people living with HIV can’t wait for late diagnosis for viral hepatitis, we need to act now and protect those hardest hit from viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis D which is preventable.

Chronic hepatitis B and C are life-threatening infectious diseases that cause severe liver damage, cancer, and premature death. And, more than 300 million people are living with the hepatitis B or C virus. In the past few years, we have seen changes in global responses to viral hepatitis infections, especially Hepatitis B and C infections. However, the framework has failed to provide an adequate environment to address global hepatitis D infection.

According to WHO, Hepatitis D affects nearly 5% of people with chronic infection of the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B and D virus co-infection is considered the most severe form of chronic viral hepatitis due to more rapid progression towards liver-related death.  

However, we have seen very little attention given to Hepatitis D as public health threat despite its close link to hepatitis B infection, where it causes 1 out of 5 cases of liver disease and liver cancer among people infected with Hepatitis D. 

We have also seen minimal information available to allow for robust strategy development to respond to this threat. WHO’s 2022 – 2030 Strategy Development on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STIs has not articulated this need into concrete strategies and actions. At the same time, we have seen very little investment given to improve technologies in diagnosing and treating Hepatitis D.  

‘I was diagnosed accidentally in Russia – there is no routine testing for Hepatitis D, even in areas where we know it exists (as it was in my city Saint-Petersburg), and there is no cure for it either, says Sasha Volgina, Programme Manager at GNP+.   

‘Traditionally it is treated with pegylated interferons alpha – with severe side effects and a low success rate. Most people living with hepatitis D will need to undergo liver transplantation as rescue therapy to be cured. However, this treatment is not available for people living with HIV in countries where stigma and discrimination are high.’ 

‘In Russia or other countries of post-Soviet Union, there were zero liver transplantations done for HIV positive people, says Volgina. 

‘A Year ago, GNP+ and partners (UNAIDS, HIV Legal Network, and others) helped a man living with HIV from Russia to prove he cannot receive a liver transplant in Moscow because of his HIV status and needed to get asylum in Germany to receive treatment. Together with partners, we managed to get him asylum, and he’s now in hospital waiting for a liver transplant – however, he is the exception.’ 

We call on WHO to seize the opportunity during its new strategy development to raise awareness and mobilize commitment from global health stakeholders, including governments, donor countries, and pharmaceutical companies, to ensure hepatitis D response is well placed in the new strategy, primarily to address the following immediate needs:

  • Enhanced hepatitis B testing to include hepatitis D diagnoses
  • Better access to hepatitis B immunization for people living with HIV as a means of prevention
  • Treatment education program for people living with HIV and affected communities
  • Robust R&D framework on hepatitis D testing and treatment
  • Increased funding for harm reduction program globally


Joint Press Release

Global Networks of People Living with HIV: ‘Call to Prioritize People Living with HIV for the COVID Vaccine.

Cape Town, South Africa: The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), and the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global) are deeply concerned by the findings from a World Health Organization (WHO) report indicating that HIV infection is a significant independent risk factor for both severe and critical COVID-19 presentation at hospital admission and in-hospital mortality. 

The report released at the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021) found that the risk of developing severe or fatal COVID-19 was 30% greater for people living with HIV compared to people without HIV infection. 

These findings are gravely concerning and further prove the urgent need to prioritise people living with HIV as they are a high-risk population. “Last year at the beginning of COVID-19, we heard from networks of people living with HIV who were worried about having to deal with double pandemics and what this means for their health, as already some countries had to deal with ARV stock-outs exacerbated by lockdown regulations and redirecting of funds for HIV”, says Sbongile Nkosi, Co-Executive Director at GNP+. 

Globally there are an estimated 38 million people living with HIV, of which 25.7 million are from Africa. However, data shows that less than 3% of people on the continent have received a single dose of the vaccine and less than 1.5% have received both doses. The disadvantaged access to vaccines is mainly driven by the vaccines hoarding done by the  richer countries in the bid to protect the profits of their pharmaceutical corporations instead of saving lives.

“We have seen the disparities in our communities for people living with HIV, especially for people from key populations. In Eastern Europe we have had some of the highest death rates per capita and these losses in our communities are staggering. We need to prioritize people living with HIV for the vaccine”, says Olena Stryzhak, Global Chair at ICW.

The report indicates that only 40 out of 100 countries have people living with HIV on their priority list for vaccines leaving many people who need the vaccine out of its reach. We applaud the countries and governments that have rightfully prioritized people living with HIV for the vaccine and we call upon governments, especially those with a higher burden of HIV, to add people living with HIV on the priority list.The HIV community is on the road to lose all progress achieved toward ending AIDS. We cannot afford to lose lives of people at the political injustice that re-affirms the already existing inequalities.

We are also hearing deeply concerning anecdotal evidence of people living with HIV hiding their HIV status to qualify for a vaccine as a number are being rejected access as brought to our attention in a robust discussion by our Life Force who led our Beyond LIVING process. 

As we internalize this news, we at the global networks of people living with HIV will be working with our peers at country level to create awareness and support vaccine uptake by people living with HIV, and continue to document and put attention to the challenges that we experience in accessing this very important intervention that could save millions of lives. 

Like the People’s Vaccine movement, Y+ Global, ICW and GNP+ call upon all governments and pharmaceutical companies to equitably share vaccine doses, support the TRIPS waiver at the WTO, invest in developing countries’ manufacturing capacity, and share the technology.


Note to Editors:

The following people are available for interviews:

  • GNP+ – Sbongile Nkosi
  • Y+ Global – Tinashe Rufurwadzo
  • ICW – Jessica Whitbread 

Please contact Lesego Tlhwale: ltlhwale@gnpplus.net to organise an interview.

The role of civil society in realising the objectives of the 2021 Political Declaration 

UN member states gathered on 8–11 June 2021 for the 2021 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV and AIDS. The most important outcome of the HLM, the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030, was adopted during the HLM by most UN Members States. Now available is an Advocacy Brief, produced by the Multi-Stakeholder Task Force to assist Civil Society Organisations to keep governments and stakeholders accountable for the outcomes of the HLM.

Introducing the Multi-Stakeholder Task Force and the Love Alliance

This follows an engaging period in which, through the leadership of the Multi-Stakeholder Task Force (MSTF), Community and Civil Society Organisations effectively engaged in the preparation of the HLM and contributed to the development of the Political Declaration.

GNP+ and Aidsfonds were selected by UNAIDS as the NGO co-conveners of MSTF and coordinated the participation of Community and Civil Society Organisations in this process. The partnership that supported this engagement is the Love Alliance. The Love Alliance, a new five-year programme (2021-2025) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is based on an unwavering commitment to protecting, promoting and fulfilling sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally, unifying people who use drugs, sex workers and LGBTIQ+ movements, and amplifying the diversity of voices in these communities.

One of the key advocacy priorities for the Love Alliance is to influence key global strategy and planning processes, like the UNAIDS strategy development process and by extension the HLM process, the Global Fund strategy development process, and Generation Equality among others in order for the community voices to be well presented in the outcomes.

Key highlights and documents of the HLM

Some of the key highlights of the HLM experience include supporting MSTF engagement with UNAIDS and the office of the president of the UN General Assembly to prepare and execute a successful Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on 23rd of April, as well as the High-Level Meeting itself. Additionally, the team developed a community HLM engagement guide, coordinated a 3-part webinar series in 6 languages to support community engagement in the process, and supported the development of the Civil Society Declaration for the 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, with more than 800 signatories. And now there is also the Advocacy Brief.

The work has just begun!

The HLM process may have come to an end and the Political Declaration adopted, but for many of us, the work has just begun! Civil Society has a multitude of roles to play, from implementation to advocacy and accountability, as well as taking corrective action if governments fall short of their commitments. We must begin to develop and align advocacy strategies in our countries and communities, in order to make a difference and end AIDS by 2030.

Keeping governments and stakeholders accountable

In closing out the 2021 HLM engagement program, the Love Alliance is excited that the MSTF worked together to develop the Advocacy Brief. The document has been developed to guide communities and Civil Society on how to engage in accountability processes aimed at keeping governments and stakeholders accountable to the commitments outlined in the PD. Onwards!


16 June 2021

Amsterdam and Cape Town – The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted to announce Gerard van Mourik and Sbongile Nkosi as our new Co-Executive Directors. 

“Sbongile and Gerard both bring extensive experience and skills including public policy, advocacy, communications and organisational management,” said GNP+ Board Chair Jacquelyne Alesi. “Their passion, energy and lived experiences will help us deliver on our mission to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV. We are confident that their collaborative and engaging joint leadership opens an exciting new chapter in GNP+’s journey.” 

GNP+ decided on a shared leadership model to help drive greater accountability and inclusivity in our organisation. Alesi added “We are thrilled to have successfully recruited our first Co-Executive Directors and we will work with them to build a culture of mutual accountability, shared decision-making and representation as well as flexibility and support.”

Sbongile is an award-winning journalist, organisational leader, and advocate for social change. She has worked for Treatment Action Campaign and was the first black woman to lead a health news agency (Health-e News Service) in South Africa. Gerard has led projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe for a range of international NGOs and UN agencies including helping to set up the board and structures of the Global Fund when it was first launched. 

“As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, GNP+ and its partners must step up collective efforts to ensure a fully funded response to HIV,” said Gerard van Mourik. “I am looking forward to working with my Co-Director Sbongile and the rest of the team to strengthen GNP+ and our support to networks of people living with HIV so that we are able to rise to the challenges faced by the HIV movement.” 

“This is a critical moment for the global AIDS response particularly for the most marginalised and stigmatised communities who continue to be left behind,” said Sbongile Nkosi. “I am glad to have the opportunity of working as a Co-Director with Gerard to apply the feminist principles of sharing power and amplify community leadership to address the inequalities that drive HIV and other epidemics like COVID-19.” 

Bridging the North-South divide, Gerard will be based in Amsterdam and Sbongile in Johannesburg. They start their new roles at GNP+ on 16 June 2021. The Board and staff team are looking forward to working with Sbongile and Gerard and continuing our work with diverse communities of people living with HIV around the world. 

The Board would like to thank the recruitment panel for their efforts and the staff team for stepping up during the transition. 

For more information or to interview our new Co-Directors, please contact: info@gnpplus.net

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

Four decades after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first known cases of HIV/AIDS in its historic report of June 5 1981, the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS represents a transformational moment in the global AIDS response. Communities and civil society voices calling to get back on track to end AIDS by 2030 through supporting a fully funded, human rights- and evidence-based response have been heard by the global community.

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.

Unsurprisingly, the process leading to this week’s High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS and the new Political Declaration has exposed once again the conflicting views of UN member states on equality, human rights and the inclusion of key populations – sex workers, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, and people in prison and other closed settings – along with women and girls, and youth. It has also exposed conflicts over intellectual property barriers to lifesaving medicines. 

At this High-Level Meeting, however, for the first time in UN history, such a resolution was adopted by voting, at the request of the Russian Federation, which broke the consensus on issues related to human rights, harm reduction and law reform. Of all the votes cast, 165 member states voted for and four against, i.e. the Russian Federation, Belarus, Nicaragua and the Syrian Arab Republic. In so doing, they have deliberately undermined the global consensus on the approach needed to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.  

Reaching consensus was a painful process which will cost lives as humane and scientifically proven interventions regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), comprehensive sexuality education, harm reduction, sexual orientation and gender identity, community leadership, decriminalisation and repealing punitive laws, as well as TRIPS waivers to make essential medical technologies and innovations more equitable available, were aggressively opposed by some member states. Most of these crucial areas were either diluted to a point where commitments become toothless, or completely removed from the text during negotiations over the Political Declaration.

No fewer than 73 concessions were made to Russia during negotiations to build a consensus document. Russia’s refusal to accept the painstakingly negotiated consensus and its decision today to force a vote on the Political Declaration represents an attempt to undermine the outcome of the High-Level Meeting on AIDS and an evidence- and rights-based global AIDS response.

Nevertheless, there is much to welcome in the Political Declaration. We are glad that key populations are at least named within it, despite the opposition of some member states that led to watered-down wording allowing countries to define which populations are at the centre of their response. Key populations have been at the heart of community-led responses to HIV for 40 years. Their continued leadership, along with the leadership of other vulnerable populations  women, adolescents and young people, Indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities  is essential and deserves greater recognition. We are concerned that by invoking national legislation, the Political Declaration may enable member states to ignore relevant global and national data when defining key and vulnerable populations for their own countries, and it gives them too much leeway to avoid reforming punitive legislation that holds back an effective HIV response.

Despite these losses and other limitations related to national sovereignty clauses, the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS adopted today by UN member states broadly aligns with the priorities of the new Global AIDS Strategy and highlights the urgent need to address the structural barriers of discrimination, gender inequality, criminalisation, underfunding and exclusion of people living with HIV, key populations and other priority populations vulnerable to HIV, including migrants and people in conflict zones and humanitarian settings.

For the first time ever, transformative and measurable targets on programmes that can make the end of AIDS a reality are part of the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS adopted by the UN General Assembly.

One of the most important wins is the inclusion of the 10-10-10 targets on societal enablers, calling for member states to end all inequalities faced by people living with HIV, key and other priority populations by 2025, by reducing to 10% or less the proportion of:

  • women, girls, people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV who experience gender-based inequalities and sexual and gender-based violence;
  • countries with restrictive legal and policy frameworks that lead to the denial or limitation of access to services;
  • people experiencing stigma and discrimination.

Equally critical is the commitment to support community leadership and ensure that an increased proportion of HIV services are community-led, particularly testing and treatment services, key population HIV prevention programmes, and programmes to support the achievement of societal enablers.

Another transformative win is the prioritisation of combination HIV prevention interventions that meet the diverse needs of key and priority populations, including condom promotion and distribution, pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary male medical circumcision, harm reduction, sexual and reproductive health-care services, and enabling legal and policy environments.

Particularly welcome also are the commitments to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and end pediatric AIDS by 2025, as well as to the 95-95-95 targets for testing: 95% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status; 95% of people who know their status on treatment; and 95% of people on treatment having a suppressed viral load.

Because none of these commitments means much without financing, the Multi-Stakeholder Task Force welcomes the commitment to fully fund the AIDS response, notably by enhancing global solidarity to meet the target of 0.7% of gross national income as development aid, and increasing annual HIV investments in low- and middle-income countries to US$29 billion by 2025.

We commend H.E. Mr. Mitchell Fifield, Permanent Representative of Australia, and H.E. Mr. Neville Gertze, Permanent Representative of Namibia, for their work as co-facilitators of the High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2021.

Governments, donors, technical partners, the private sector and communities and civil society must now align efforts – and translate global commitments into local action. We must focus our work on the transformative elements of the Global AIDS Strategy endorsed by UN member states: strong political leadership, adequate funding, including for community-led responses, human rights-based and multisectoral approaches, and the use of scientific evidence to guide HIV responses and strategies.

These efforts will include work on issues that the Political Declaration does not address adequately, or at all – because it is on these issues too that the HIV response will stand or fall. Community-led responses – by key populations, women, adolescents and young people, and all other vulnerable communities – will continue to be at the heart of the struggle to end AIDS by 2030. We will argue for the reform of laws that criminalize and punish key populations. We will advocate for fully funded, community-led harm reduction programmes. We will push for the rights and needs of Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and migrants to be properly addressed. We will advocate for comprehensive sexuality education that enables adolescents and young people to live fulfilling lives, and sexual and reproductive health services for them and for adults. We will campaign for the proper recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity. And we will push for TRIPS flexibilities that will make medicines and technologies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease available, accessible and affordable to all.

The annual review of progress in delivering on the Political Declaration – and the 2026 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS itself  are important mechanisms for communities, civil society and parliaments to hold our governments to account. We must keep track of progress on the 2025 targets and the other commitments made in the new Political Declaration, and course-correct rapidly when gaps or challenges emerge.

The stakes are high: in four decades, the epidemic has cost the world over 75 million HIV infections and 32 million lives lost. The task of accountability is ours to realise! It is one we intend to fulfill, empowered by the resilience, experience, and expertise of the communities most directly affected by HIV, and knowing that the 2021 Political Declaration puts the world on the path towards the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

There is a crisis in the HIV response. Over the last five years, the world has failed to meet any of the targets for prevention, diagnosis and treatment set out in the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, with progress on HIV prevention lagging particularly far behind. The 2021 high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS – and the Political Declaration that results from it – is the last chance to create sustained momentum for the policies, programmes and funding that are needed to end HIV as a global health threat by 2030.

Now more than ever, evidence-based responses and renewed political will are called for –especially in face of the additional burdens imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to focus efforts and resources where they are most needed, we call for a Political Declaration that:

RECOGNIZES explicitly who is most at risk of HIV ACKNOWLEDGES why this is so
COMMITS to fully fund and support effective responses HOLDS ACCOUNTABLE Member States for their actions


The UN General Assembly 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM2021AIDS) is here! In the coming week, starting 7 June, there will be many events addressing the needs for community leadership and human rights- and evidence-based combination prevention, treatment and care. This page will inform you how to get involved and join the civil society #WeAreHLM movement. 

800+ civil society organisations and leaders endorsed the CS Declaration Statement

More than 800 civil society organisations and leaders endorsed the Civil Society Declaration for the United Nations General Assembly 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. Together we can END INEQUALITIES, END AIDS if we ACT NOW!

Join the #WeAreHLM movement on social media 

Become part of a global civil society movement that advocates for sound and united global leadership that is fully committed to addressing the HIV epidemic as well as other existing and new epidemics in a way that brings the world together and ends inequalities. Access the social media toolkit with content that you can easily share on your social channels during the High-Level Meeting, and join the movement by using the hashtags #WeAreHLM and #PressureOn. 

Attend events 

Register for HLM2021 for free before signing up for any events below

Monday 7 June

Tuesday 8 June 

Wednesday 9 June

Thursday 10 June

Friday 11 June

Statement by GNP+ on the occasion of the 74th World Health Assembly – Agenda item 26.4, Global health sector strategies on, respectively, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.

GNP+ welcome the proposed decision by the EB to the WHA to request the DG to develop a new global health sector strategy on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections for the period 2022-2030.

We welcome the emphasis on HIV self-testing, elimination of vertical transmission, and cervical cancer.  We appreciate the focus on concrete plans and results for Hep B, C and TB and we look forward to further strengthening this integration across health systems.

However, there is an urgent need to address the structural and intersectional barriers of discrimination, gender inequality, criminalization, underfunding and exclusion of key populations[1] and other affected populations[2].

We further want to stress the urgent need to engage civil society and communities more meaningfully. We have seen key population communities supporting health facilities in outreach and adherence, but key populations & communities need to participate structurally in critical decision-making that impacts their lives.

We are ready to engage in the strategy development process; the recent experience of GAS development can be used as a blueprint towards inclusive, organized, and effective community engagement. 

Civil society and communities also need to be involved in consultations and the preparation phase of guidelines development, such as research of demand and needs, ethics, and data collection. This will help efficient and sustainable decision-making and will positively impact achieving results and accountability.  

Member states must prioritize and invest in what science proved to work to end AIDS and to challenge the structural barriers of criminalization and exclusion of key and vulnerable populations. It is vital that the new WHO global health sector strategy on HIV, hepatitis and STIs will be aligned to the commitments and targets of the new 2021 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, the GAS, and the new Global Fund strategy beyond 2022 to ensure that international and domestic investments are directed towards the critical gaps. 

We call upon member states to address the priorities of the civil society declaration for the 2021 HLM on HIV/AIDS in the development process of the global health sector strategy on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections 2022-2030 and sign the Civil Society Declaration for the 2021 HLM on HIV/AIDS.

[1] gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, people in prisons and other closed settings; and all people living with HIV

[2] women and adolescent girls and their male partners, young people, persons with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities, indigenous peoples, people living in poverty, migrants, refugees and people in humanitarian emergencies and conflict and post-conflict situations

Multi-Stakeholder Task Force for the 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS Issued on 10 May 2021.

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Force commends H.E. Mr. Mitchell Fifield, Permanent Representative of Australia and H.E. Mr. Neville Gertze, Permanent Representative of Namibia, the co-facilitators of the High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2021, on their zero draft 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Force particularly welcomes the fact that the zero draft not only recognizes explicitly who is most at risk of HIV, but also acknowledges why this is so. We equally salute the commitment to fully fund effective, human rights- and evidence-based responses, as demanded by the Civil Society Declaration for the 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS.

Communities and civil society, as actors in the global AIDS response, have for decades called for human rights- and evidence-based combination prevention, treatment and care. Such programme could have made the end of AIDS a reality by now. It is past time to take them to scale globally.

It is therefore encouraging that the zero draft follows the priorities of the Global AIDS Strategy and highlights the urgent need to address the structural barriers of discrimination, gender inequality, criminalization, underfunding and exclusion of people living with HIV and people most at risk of HIV, namely:

  • key populations, who are at greatly elevated risk of HIV infection in all regions and epidemic settings, i.e., sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, and people in prisons and other closed settings;
  • other populations who may be at elevated risk of HIV, depending on national epidemiological and social contexts, including women and adolescent girls and their male partners, young people, persons with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities, indigenous peoples, people living in poverty, migrants, refugees and people in humanitarian emergencies and conflict and post-conflict situations.

For the first time ever, measurable targets on societal enablers are addressed in a draft Political Declaration. We welcome the recognition of the importance of gender equality, including services for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and comprehensive sexuality education. We are pleased to see the acknowledgement of the need for legislation, policies and practices that prevent violence against key populations and people living with HIV and protect their rights to the highest available standard of health and education and an adequate standard of living. And we welcome the recognition that punitive and discriminatory laws, policies and practices that block effective responses to HIV must be removed, including laws that criminalize drug use and possession, sex work, sexual orientation or gender identity. For the next decade of AIDS response to make a tangible difference in people’s lives, it is vital that the 10-10-10 targets on societal enablers be confirmed in the final declaration, namely:

  • To reduce to no more than 10% the number of women, girls, people living with HIV and key populations who experience gender-based inequalities and gender-based violence by 2025;
  • To ensure that less than 10% of people living with HIV (including those with disabilities) and key populations experience stigma and discrimination by 2025;
  • To ensure that less than 10% of countries have punitive legal and policy environments that lead to the denial or limitation of access to services by 2025.

It is equally important that the 2021 Political Declaration retain its emphasis on community leadership, and the commitment for an increased proportion of HIV services to be delivered by organizations led by communities, key populations, women, and adolescents and youth, including the delivery by peer-led organizations of:

  • 30% of testing and treatment services, with a focus on HIV testing, linkage to treatment, adherence and retention support, and treatment literacy;
  • 80% of services for key population HIV prevention programmes, including for women within key populations;
  • 60% of programmes to support the achievement of societal enablers.

We welcome the recognition in the zero draft that community-led approaches have been essential in providing needed services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that COVID-19 underlines the importance of increasing investments for HIV and other disease responses. We fervently hope that the commitment to close the HIV response resource gap will finally be achieved for the first time, and we urge a strong commitment to increase annual HIV investments in low- and middle-income countries to US$29 billion by 2025. We will especially seek to protect the commitment to expand the investment in societal enablers in low- and middle-income countries—including human-rights protections, reduction of stigma and discrimination, and law reform—to US$3.1 billion by 2025.

Finally, to transform political commitments into evidence- and human rights-based actions and investments, the 2021 Political Declaration must include stronger accountability commitments and mechanisms. The declaration must include a commitment to establish a mechanism to regularly track and review progress across all targets, as well as to ensure that US$29 billion is actually mobilized, allocated and invested annually in HIV/AIDS responses by 2025 globally, and to course-correct promptly if resource gaps emerge.

While the zero draft of the 2021 Political Declaration promises to break through the structural barriers that keep the potential to end AIDS by 2030 at bay, we will remain vigilant as Member States negotiate the final text in the run-up to the High-Level Meeting.

The stakes are high, and we—as communities and civil society—will align our efforts around what is essential for all of us to advance in the Political Declaration, to guide the world towards the goal of ending AIDS.

Join our #LoveAlliance campaign in May 2021

The Love Alliance is based on the premise that to end AIDS, the groups most affected by the epidemic need to be at the centre of the response. We build on existing evidence on the effectiveness of rights-based responses that focus on and meaningfully engage LGBTQI people, sex workers, people who use drugs, with specific attention for people living with HIV, women and young people within these communities.

As Love Alliance advances its agenda of love for all, it seeks to highlight the challenges that the key populations it supports are faced with and provide ways for these affected communities to reach out and get the support they need. In addition, the organisation is inviting all champions of human rights and advocates of harm reduction to join us as we highlight the issues faced by our growing global community. 

How to participate #LoveAlliance 

11 May General

Join us on this journey working towards health and human rights for all. Use this social media toolkit (download here) to help us amplify and broadcast our aims and messaging in the coming weeks. We created ready-made social posts and media assets for each key population, allowing you to join this movement easily. Feel free to share the messages across social media and elsewhere to raise awareness and change the world for the better, together. 

Use the below hashtags to amplify your voice and join the campaign on social media. 

General for all posts

Specific for each key population



ISDAO – Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest



International Network of People who Use Drugs


Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE)

Last month, GNP+ launched its search for new executive leadership, potentially co-directors. With several staff and board members involved in the recruitment process, there has been a buzz around this topic, and we’ve had the chance to speak with several of them to hear their thoughts on shared leadership and why GNP+ is looking for co-directors

As the Global Network of People Living with HIV, we are a community-led organisation and in honouring our commitment to community voices, we reached out to our network partners with co-directors in action to hear more about the model from them. 

We asked our partners at UHAI EASHRI, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), and Positive Women’s Network – USA to take us through their journey to co-directorship, and while each of them came into their shared executive leadership model differently, there were a few recurring themes across their individual organisational experiences. 

Splitting the Role

Picture 2

Diving right in, we asked our partners how they went about splitting a historically unitary role between two people, and the resounding answer we received was that at its core, co-directorship is less about dividing and more about shared ownership of responsibilities and outcomes. 

Mukami Marete, Co-Executive Director at UHAI mentions, “It is not simply about splitting the job description, as both co-directors carry out the same type of role. It is about coming to a place of understanding where we can follow through differently to maximize both of our time.”

Echoing a similar sentiment, Venita Ray Co-Executive Director Positive Women’s Network – USA shares, “We are clear about supervision but as we all work on programmatic pieces there are often overlaps.” Naina Khanna, also Co-Executive Director Positive Women’s Network – USA, further comments on their journey, “Part of our process was a role clarification on what we co-lead and we are primaries on.” 

Set-up differently than UHAI and PWN-USA, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) has a clear demarcation of roles for their co-directors when it comes to the joint leadership of their network – with one responsible for strategy, and the other leading on programming. Despite this difference, Lorraine Degruson, Co-Executive Director UNOY, shares, “Being two in a role is about having a support system. As co-directors we have joint leadership and are equally responsible for the organisation, including team management. As a management team, we have a unity of vision, and it is about assessing what situation needs one or both directors to be involved.”

Calling the Shots

Decision-making is probably the most sought-after ability in leadership positions. Especially because it is so closely tied into an organisation’s accountability, efficiency, risk appetite, inclusivity, and priorities. This is no different in a co-directorship model, except in so much that the loneliness and pressure of singular leadership has been removed. 

Picture 3

The addition of a decision maker at the top often raises questions regarding efficiency, and reaction time. Naina Khanna, PWN-USA shares that they operate on a model of modified consensus, with a focus on “satisfactory decisions being made at the speed of trust and love.” 

Mukami Marete, UHAI explains how added time in decision-making shouldn’t be viewed as detrimental. “In fact,” she shares, “there needs to be a recognition that there will be delays, but it must be weighed against the advantages that come with it – a comprehensive consideration of options, reduced risk, and mutual accountability. What is important is that we budget for a time as we would with other resources. This ensures there are no delays in deliverables despite an increase in decision making time.” Kenedy A. Owiti, from the office of the co-executive directors at UHAI adds, “the key added value of shared leadership when it comes to decision making is that it democratises power while allowing for nuanced decision making, increased support, better and shared responses generally as well as to emergency situations and in risk management, and all the while making processes more innovative and creative.”

Navigating Conflict

Naina Khanna of PWN-USA, who operate on a principle of modified consensus shares, “We don’t always agree and that is one of the most beautiful things about shared leadership. What is really important is that we are both willing to engage honestly and also to listen. Discomfort is acceptable and we work through differences by learning to take a step back and trust.”

“Differences in opinion are only natural, and formal structures and processes are vital, but what is important is building a level of trust professionally to operate on the basis of consensus,” says Mukami Marete, UHAI echoing a comparable point of view. 

Picture 4

Lorraine Degruson, UNOY offers an interesting perspective, “If there is a real conflict that we can’t resolve within the safe space of the management team, of course we would look to the board for direction, but we would probably involve our broader team for a consultative process first.”

A combination of process and culture – communication and collective decision making – is the evident lesson when it comes to differences of opinion within a collaborative leadership approach. 


Picture 6

There are many aspects to sustainability when it comes to organisational executive leadership. There is of course the viability of the leadership model itself – in the form of donor buy-in, and staff support – but there are also the additional elements of institutional memory, and succession planning. 

A common concern with a co-directorship model is what is the attitude of donors regarding funding the associated costs. “Conviction is key,” says Mukami Marete, UHAI, “Our funders have been supportive because there is clarity on the vision and thought behind the model.”

Staff acceptance and comfort with the model is a gradual journey, with all three partners calling it a gradual process made possible by consistent and active commitment by all those involved, and supported by professional coaching and facilitation to help everyone acclimatise to new structures and ways of working.

Venita Ray, PWN-USA shares how the co-directorship model is key to ensuring sustainability for the organisation, “from a visibility standpoint, it is most representative of their constituents, and organisational culture statement; and from an operational standpoint it is central to building an infrastructure for the future.” 

“Succession planning is fundamental to ensure stability and continuity, and it would be incredibly challenging and artificial to recruit for a singular executive leader, who is supposed to have all the answers,” adds Naina Khanna, PWN-USA.

Lorraine Degruson, UNOY shares, “I’m now finding myself in the shoes of my previous co-director who recruited me. We are working on finding our pace together and are in a phase of transition into equally sharing our position of co-directorship. When I joined as a co-director it took me almost six months to settle into the position of leadership, and that was okay because I had my co-director partner who had been at UNOY for a few years to help me through the process. So, the first big advantage of the co-directorship model is the support system and solidarity, and the second is institutional memory, that ensures the potential transition of any one member of the management team goes smoothly, without negatively impacting the sustainability of the organisation.” 

We are grateful to our allies at UHAI EASHRI, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), and Positive Women’s Network – USA, for taking the time to talk to us about their experiences with the co-directorship model. 

Applications for the Executive Director/Co-Directors position/s at GNP+ have recently closed on the 16th of April. The Recruitment Committee will be taking on board the lessons we have learned from our conversations with our partners while we go through the next step of evaluating applications. 

Watch this space for our next update on the recruitment process! 

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Force for the 2021 High-Level Meeting on AIDS is thrilled to be launching the HLM 2021 Civil Society Declaration.

There is a crisis in the HIV response. Over the last five years, the world has failed to meet any of the targets for prevention, diagnosis and treatment set out in the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, with progress on HIV prevention lagging particularly far behind. The 2021 high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS – and the Political Declaration that results from it – is the last chance to create sustained momentum for the policies, programmes and funding that are needed to end HIV as a global health threat by 2030. 

Now more than ever, evidence-based responses and renewed political will are called for –especially in face of the additional burdens imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to focus efforts and resources where they are most needed, we call for a Political Declaration that: 

  • RECOGNIZES explicitly who is most at risk of HIV 
  • ACKNOWLEDGES why this is so 
  • COMMITS to fully fund and support effective responses 
  • HOLDS ACCOUNTABLE Member States for their actions

As a team we are proud of the hard work that we have done collectively to make this document a reality. We want to commend the Multi Stakeholder Task Force and its Advisory Group for their efforts to bring the voices of our diverse communities to the table despite the limited time. The Civil Society Declaration builds on the UNAIDS regional consultations, over 700 survey respondents and input from the Multi Stakeholder Hearing Civil Society Debrief.

We realize that it is impossible to craft a declaration that includes everything that everyone in our diverse HIV movement would wish for, but we hope you will find that many elements of the HLM 2021 Civil Society Declaration are aligned with your organizational priorities and that your community can take it and run with it.

Download declaration

We are asking organizations, networks and institutions to endorse the declaration. The more support the declaration receives the stronger it becomes as a tool to support advocacy with country delegations and missions leading up to the High-Level Meeting and the adoption of the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Aidsfonds, and our partners invite you to take part in our three-part series to engage 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 Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

The three-part series will systematically and continually engage advocates and civil society members following the process in a structured and predictable manner. The goal is to build civil society momentum and give people key moments to be engaged and updated by the HLM team. The first session will introduce advocates to the HLM and share the basics on how they can engage. The second session 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 the HLM. The third session 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.


WEBINAR SERIES PART 3: HLM 2021 Outcomes: Gains, losses and how to prepare for country level advocacy

In the final of our HLM series, we will report back an overview of the HLM as well as an analysis of the political declaration and the potential gains and losses in language, which could potentially advance or set back the HIV response globally. The session will also share areas where advocates can focus on to enhance future national and global advocacy. 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Webinar series 1

WEBINAR SERIES PART 2: HLM 2021 Advocacy: Preparing for action

During this webinar, advocates working directly on the outcome document will share areas to concentrate their advocacy leading up to and during the HLM. Participants will discuss terminology and key phases that opposition uses to mask discriminatory text, and effective arguments to counteract. 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Thursday, 20 May 2021


WEBINAR SERIES PART 1: HLM 2021 Basics: Engagement and advocacy opportunities

This webinar will answer questions that advocates may have about the UN High Level Meeting on HIV, key dates for advocacy, and some of the different ways that civil society can engage in the process. 

Wednesday, April 21st 2021

Thursday, April 22nd 2021

Webinar series 1

On 23 February, the General Assembly adopted resolution 75/260 on the organisation of the 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM). The resolution calls for the HLM to be held on 8-10 June 2021 and invites Member States to participate. To promote meaningful contribution of civil society in the entire process, UNAIDS decided to contract a civil society or community-led organisation with recognised experience in the global AIDS response. Last week, GNP+ and Aidsfonds were selected as the NGO co-coveners to collaborate with UNAIDS on bringing CSO’s and communities together in the entire HLM process.

About HLM2021 

The goal of the HLM is to develop a clear and action-oriented political declaration to be agreed upon by member states towards achieving the commitment of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 

The 75/260 resolution on the organisation of the HLM requests the President of the General Assembly (PGA) to organise and lead an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (MSH) with the participation of communities and other stakeholders, taking place no later than April 2021. The PGA will also envisage other civil society participation opportunities during the preparation process and the HLM itself. The interactive MSH will be held on 23 April 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSH will be held in virtual mode, while the HLM Is likely to take a hybrid form.

Communities and CSO’s participation in the HLM 

UNAIDS has convened a Multistakeholder Task Force (MSTF) comprising of 16 members who are representatives from civil society and the private sector to facilitate civil society involvement in the upcoming HLM. The MSTF will advise UNAIDS, as the lead substantive UN entity, and through it, the Office of the President of the General Assembly, regarding the format, theme and programme of the multi-stakeholder hearing (MSH), as well as help identify speakers for the MSH and HLM plenary and panel discussions. 

UNAIDS has also established an Advisory Group to support the Multistakeholder Task Force. Members who served in the 2016 Task Force and experts with previous experience in HLM and other UN processes were invited to participate in the Advisory Group contributing in their personal capacities.

The GNP+ and Aidsfonds as co-conveners of the Multistakeholder Task Force (MSTF), will organise a series of events in the coming weeks to facilitate inclusive and interactive participation of civil society in the HLM process:

  1. Regional update webinars to brief civil society and communities on the progress made so far in terms of the work of the MSTF and the planning for the MSH and the HLM.
  2. Community participation survey to gather civil society input for the development of a common civil society ‘vision document’ for the HLM. 
  3. Community advocacy guide to be finalised and shared on this website to support country- regional- and global civil society engagement and participation
  4. Community consultation webinars to create awareness and promote wider participation

For more information see our dedicated webpage.

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) welcomes the adoption of the Global AIDS strategy 2021 – 2026 by the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) and commits to working together with all global health actors to achieve the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

GNP+ applauds the outstanding consultative work done by UNAIDS and all stakeholders in developing this strategy. Our network members have participated at many points in the process and we feel heard in the new strategy. The greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV is central to improving the quality of our lives, and we are pleased to see our voices and advocacy efforts acknowledged.

Jacquelyne Alesi, Board Chair, GNP+, says “These are not easy times – many of our communities are dealing with the impact of multiple challenges of COVID-19, loss of jobs, hunger, humanitarian and environmental crisis. Even as governments focus on these challenges, we must not allow them to back track on the progress made on HIV and TB. This past year has reminded us once again of the human cost of inaction”. 

The focus on having all our communities – key populations, children, young people, adolescent girls and women – as allies and partners is extremely important to us. And most of all we strongly endorse the focus on addressing inequalities in order to end AIDS. However, this will not be easy and will require the resources and bold action by governments, the UN system, communities working collaboratively.

We all know the right to health is inextricably linked to other human rights. People who experience stigma and discrimination because of any part of their identity – their race, their gender identity, their sexual orientation or if they do sex work or if they use drugs – cannot access treatment and prevention services precisely for reasons of discrimination on these grounds.

At GNP+ we strongly believe that the response to a 40-year old HIV epidemic needs to be guided by proven community-led, people centred approaches that dismantle the inequalities in our societies.

As global health leaders engage and work towards the UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on AIDS in June, GNP+ calls for a stronger commitment from governments, donors and other stakeholders to invest in actions to back this strategy. We also call for a bold accountability framework so that communities of people living with HIV and key populations can monitor and evaluate the impact of this strategy on their lives.