Civil society throughout the world (including nonprofits
and businesses, especially in developing countries) has
been invited to participate in a United Nations General
Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS, June 25-27, 2001.
For most organizations it will be difficult to participate
in person, but they can join a special email discussion
forum set up to hear information and views in preparation
for the official meeting. The best time to join the email
discussion is now, because important preliminary meetings
will take place at the end of February.
- For more information about the United Nations special
session see http://www.unaids.org; also see
http://www.hdnet.org (Health and Development Networks,
which, "has been commissioned by UNAIDS to help ensure that
NGO and community voices are channeled, in a transparent
way, into the UN General Assembly special session on
- One possible way to participate in person is through the
official delegation of your government. Also, some
nonprofit organizations already have official status at the
United Nations, and your group might be able to work
- To join the online discussion group at any time, send an
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The best time for
participation may be February, since a meeting to organize
the agenda will take place later this month.
We have heard unofficially that although the United Nations
session itself is in June, the content is likely to be
mostly set by then, so the most important times for
participation will be earlier, especially before February
26 - March 2, and April 23 - 27, which are informal
consultations for government delegates. These meetings will
take place in New York, and civil society organizations
might or might not be able to address the delegates.
For most organizations, the email discussion group will be
the most accessible way to participate.
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Copyright 2001 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.
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