The second in a series of regional dialogues organized by the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS - Advancing global health was held on 19 November in Bangkok. The need for a new approach to leadership on AIDS in the post-2015 era was the main message emerging from the dialogue.
The aim of the dialogue, which took place during the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, was to gather regional perspectives on AIDS in the post-2015 agenda for inclusion in the work of the Commission.
UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Jan Beagle; James Chau, National UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for China; Hon Justice Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and Commissioner UNAIDS-Lancet Commission; Dr Prasada Rao, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Lyn Kok, President and CEO of Standard Charter Bank (Thailand) as well as parliamentarians, activists, people living with HIV, young people, corporate leaders, academia, and representatives of the UN system and other international organizations.
The need for a new approach to leadership on AIDS in the post-2015 era
The importance of mobilizing broader partnerships, including with the private sector, to build on the momentum of the AIDS response.
The need to build on lessons learnt in the response to HIV to strengthen the broader sustainable development agenda.
Dignity, social justice and equity––essential to the post-2015 framework.
The outcomes of these dialogues will help inform the recommendations of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to be presented in 2014.
Additional regional, think tank and civil society dialogues are planned over the coming weeks: Civil society organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa (25 November); Europe (27 November), as part of the European Development Days; a think tank dialogue at the Institute of Global Governance, University College London (2 December); Caribbean (4 December); Africa (7 December) and Eastern Europe-Central Asia (13 December). The first regional dialogue was held in Addis Ababa on 3 November.