STOPAIDS are leading/co-leading three sessions at the AIDS2020 Global Village:
1. Securing and Championing Resilient Political Leadership to support ending AIDS by 2030 (organised by STOPAIDS and UNITE) – 8am PDT (4pm UK time) Monday 6th July
There is an urgent need to promote a conversation that explores how Parliamentarians and political leaders can advocate confidently and effectively on the HIV response. As we enter the ‘Decade of Delivery’ of the SDGs, the political context in key donor countries remains turbulent and the financial trends in the response highlight huge gaps that will only be closed with increased political commitment. Join this session to hear directly from Parliamentarians and advocates about their experiences as political champions in the response working to change laws and budgets, influence policies and hold governments to account on their commitments.
2. Overcoming barriers to achieving the 90-90-90 targets in the time of COVID-19: a holistic look at prices and accessibility of medicines and diagnostics (organised by STOPAIDS and the Unitiad NGO Delegation) – 6am PDT (2pm UK time) Thursday 9th July
There is an urgent need for a discussion on how to address the barriers that’s preventing the international community from achieving the 90-90-90 and other global HIV targets. For example, how can we stop new ARVs from remaining prohibitively expensive in middle income countries? How can we protect HIV treatment access in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic? What lessons should we take from the Covid-19 response? Bringing together a panel of leading community, civil society and intergovernmental actors; this discussion will explore these key questions and wider multifaceted challenges in the access to medicines space. We’ll be sharing best practice and reflecting on how the international community must work together to achieve global HIV targets.
3. “Young People Speak Out to End AIDS” – youth-led storytelling from pioneering young activists living with HIV from around the world (organised by Youth Stop AIDS and LetsStopAIDS) 8am PDT (4pm UK time) Monday 6th July
Disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, young people are the experts in leading the HIV response, and hearing their life experiences is a powerful tool to motivate others to take action. Youth Stop AIDS’ annual nationwide UK Speaker Tour is regarded as an excellent model in youth-led advocacy. This event builds on our past success and intends to raise awareness amongst young people increasing their understanding of the global HIV response, their own sexual health and synergies with other health and development priorities. The event will provide a platform to young speakers from key population groups to address the gaps in the HIV response that these demographics face and promote evidence-informed HIV responses. It will also build momentum for our work to support other youth-led movements to persuade their governments to re-prioritise their HIV response while promoting storytelling as a model of excellence in youth-led advocacy.