With much enthusiasm from his study visit to Rwanda, our representative in DRC, Mr. Oba Sebahire, participated in the UN Day held at the MONUSCO compound in Bukavu. Having set up his booth next to the HIV Section of MONUSCO, he handed out some posters, flyers and other information materials of both UN Plus and UN Cares to such agencies as UNFPA, FAO, UNICEF and UNOPS.
Mr. Sebahire feels that there are much more to be done in DRC to disseminate information about UN Plus and UN Cares among UN staff members since only few of them are aware of who they are.
With a view to building capacity of UN Plus chapters at the country level, UN Plus has been facilitating some exchanges among the chapters to learn from each other’s experiences. In particular, visits of the chapters who are relatively new and small to the chapters with a longer history and a larger number of members have been vigorously encouraged ¾ so that the capacity of the new and small chapters can be built and strengthened.
In September this year, a representative of UN Plus in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr. Oba Sebahire, visited the UN Plus Country Chapter in Rwanda. He was welcomed by Ms. Yvonne Kasine, who is the core member of UN Plus and UN Cares in Rwanda. She is also currently serving on the Advisory Group of UN Plus. Mr. Sebahire’s objective was to learn from the experiences of the UN Plus Country Chapter in Rwanda, particularly in regard to the outreach and the mobilization of staff living with HIV in the country. During his stay in Kigali, he also met with UNAIDS and UNICEF representatives as well as the UN Cares Team. It is expected that the country chapter in DRC will be further active in outreach, support and advocacy for staff living with HIV under the leadership of Mr. Sebahire.
UN Plus Joins the “Getting to Zero at Work” Campaign
The Vice-Chair of the UN Plus Advisory Group has joined the ILO’s “Getting to Zero at Work” campaign. UN Plus is proud to be part of the campaign, which is supported by numerous celebrities, activists and politicians including heads of UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Please visit here to see the campaign poster in which the Vice-Chair has appeared.
UN Plus supports Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, which was developed by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Please download the copies of the Policy Framework and the Operational Guidelines here for wider distribution and implementation.
UN Plus at AIDS 2014
UN Plus gave its presence at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which is held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20 to 25, 2014. The UN Plus exhibition is housed under the UNAIDS Family booth alongside with UN Cares. If you are at the Conference, please visit us!
During his visit to Pakistan UNSG Special Envoy on AIDS in Asia & the Pacific Mr. J.V.R. Prasada Rao met with the only representative of UN Plus in Pakistan Masood Fareed Malik [Global Advisory Group Member] and acknowledged the work of UN Plus is doing for the HIV positive staff members all over the world. Mr. Rao reconfirmed his committed and full support in creating an enabling environment for all HIV positive staff members irrespective of the level of their HIV status disclosure.
The UN Plus 2014 has been created to support the ILO’s campaign, “Getting to Zero at Work”. It is a collection of photos of UN Plus members as well as their colleagues and friends, working towards UNAIDS vision of three zeros: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.
Please download the calendar here.
To mark this year’s World AIDS Day, World Food Programme (WFP) has featured one of our members, Josiah Tepani, and his story in its website. Please visit the following page for more details.
By Rodrigo Pascal (UN Plus/UNAIDS Guatemala)
Taking advantage of the visit of the Regional Focal Point of UN Plus to Panama RMM meeting, we had the opportunity to conduct a joint workshop (UN Cares/ UN Plus). To develop this activity, we requested the support of the RC in Panama who extended the invitation to representatives of human Resources and operations, security focal points, all managers and supervisors. UNFPA Regional Office contributed to the activity by providing us with a meeting room to hold the meeting.
Stigma And Discrimination report