In her first visit to Geneva as Russian G20 Sherpa, Ksenia Yudaeva visited UNAIDS Headquarters for a broad ranging discussion on global issues that are priorities for the Russian Presidency of the G20, including civil society participation, youth empowerment and development for all.
“Russia is using its Presidency of the G20 to strategically connect the dots on issues critical to the future of global governance,” said Ms Yudaeva, Chief of the Presidential Experts Directorate and the Russian G20 Sherpa. “UNAIDS’ experience is of special interest to Russia in how to promote civil society participation, transparency and accountability.”
Ms Yudaeva and her delegation from the Russian Sherpa’s Office were welcomed to UNAIDS by Dr. Luiz Loures, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director (Programme). “UNAIDS welcomes Russia’s unprecedented leadership on global governance. As President of the G20 in 2013 and of the G8 in 2014, Russia has an unprecedented opportunity to leverage support of civil society and young people to advance its priorities of sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and development for all.”
Russia is using its Presidency of the G20 to strategically connect the dots on issues critical to the future of global governance. UNAIDS’ experience is of special interest to Russia in how to promote civil society participation, transparency and accountability.
The discussion also highlighted the new Regional Cooperation Programme for Technical Assistance for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (2013-2015), which is funded by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by UNAIDS in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in partnership with the Russian non-governmental organization AIDS Infoshare. “This Programme is a bold example of Russia keeping its commitments from the G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg in 2006 and the MDG6 Forum in 2011 to respond to HIV and infectious diseases,” said Dr. Loures.
As President of the G20, Russia has outlined a strategic, inclusive agenda for the G20 in 2013. The core objective of the Russian Presidency is to concentrate the efforts of the G20––the forum of the world's largest economies––on developing a three-dimensional growth agenda aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and job creation around the world. Russia is currently advancing proposals by civil society organizations through the Civil 20 Working Group for the C20 Summit in June 2013 (5-6 June), and finalizing candidates to participation in the Y20 (Youth) Russia 2013 Summit (18-21 June).