UN Plus Meeting with the UN Secretary-General

The UN Plus Advisory Group members met with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss issues affecting staff members living with HIV including access to HIV treatment and travel restrictions. They also delivered messages from their key partners, namely people living with HIV and networks of key population such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and transgender people regarding their criminalization in some countries.

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Report on UN Plus/UN Cares Joint Workshop in Mexico

Report on UN Plus/UN Cares Joint Workshop in Mexico

By Rodrigo Pascal (UN Plus/UNAIDS Guatemala)

During the mission to Mexico, May 22-24, 2013, Alicia Sanchez and Rodrigo Pascal had the opportunity to conduct a joint workshop (UN Cares/ UN Plus). To develop this activity, the UCC for Guatemala and Mexico, José Enrique Zelaya, requested support of the RC in Mexico who immediately put us in contact with the Coordination Office in Mexico to coordinate the details of the activity. The CO convened the activity and supported with the printing of materials and the space to carry out the activity. The invitations to this activity were sent to HR personnel and managers/supervisors.

Download the full report here in PDF format.

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Rapport sur l’atelier régional de UN Cares au Sénégal

Rapport sur l’atelier régional de UN Cares au Sénégal

Par Ami Tapsoba (UN Plus/PNUD Burkina Faso)

Du 8 au 13 avril 2013, j’ai eu l’avantage de participer à l’atelier de formation des facilitateurs et points focaux UN Cares, à Saly au Sénégal. Cet atelier a été  organisé par le bureau global UN Cares pour la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Continue reading

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UN Staff in Baghdad ready for action on HIV

With the help of UNPLUS, the UN system-wide advocacy group for staff living with HIV, and UNCARES, the inter-agency programme designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the UN workplace and on the local population, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), is working to address the issue of HIV on many levels.

With the support of UNAMI’s training unit, Paul Gorshel, current Chairperson of UNPLUS, and a representative of UNCARES for the Middle East and North Africa Region, facilitated a forum in Baghdad this month to address the issues confronting staff and non-staff who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Continue reading

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UN Plus Members Reporting on the UN Cares Regional Workshop in Johannesburg (2)

By Rosemary Maina (UN Plus Tanzania)

As the sun rises, I board the plane, heading to most famous and beautiful city: Johannesburg, South Africa.

Down deep inside, I knew life would never be the same after completion of my mission and training! The atmosphere in which I was welcomed was marvelous. There was no need to be introduced around, as though we all knew each other as sister and brother from another mother.

This was also a great opportunity to meet most of my secret friends and some UN Cares team members! The ones with whom we normally meet and share experiences and voice our concerns – the UN PLUS members! They are my best friends and with their support I don’t feel alone any longer. They are my role model. At this time the number of participants was big, from many countries even from other continents. Continue reading

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UN Plus Members Reporting on the UN Cares Regional Workshop in Johannesburg (1)

UN Cares & UN Plus empowering staff for healthy, productive lives

By Yvonne Kasine (UN Plus/UNICEF Rwanda)

As a UN Cares Focal Point and UN Plus member I participated in UN Cares Workshop and the HIV Training of Trainers Workshop organized by UN Cares and UN Plus in Johannesburg from 5th to 9th November 2012.

The training helps me so much, as I gained from experiences shared by different countries. I will use the best practices presented from the different countries in improving the implementation of our UN cares and UN Plus activities in Rwanda.

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Friends of UN Plus Launched in Liberia

The United Nations (UN) in Liberia has joined Mozambique, Swaziland, Rwanda and Ghana in launching the ‘Friends of UN Plus’ as part of its efforts to achieve a work environment that is free from stigma for all UN staff living with HIV and their families. The ‘Friends of UN Plus’ will implement various activities for staff living with HIV, including events and campaigns to sensitize the UN community around HIV-related stigma and discrimination and support groups for staff living with HIV. The group will also partner with the national network of people living with HIV to address issues that are of concern to staff living with HIV such as access to HIV treatment.

Please visit the following page for more details.

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A Call to Action to People Living with HIV

This World AIDS Day, UN Plus joins Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and other groups/organizations in supporting the “Call to Action” created in Marrakech, Morocco last week by leaders from the international community of people living with HIV.

Whilst acknowledging the major gains made in the HIV response, as highlighted in the UNAIDS World AIDS Day report, this ‘Call To Action’ asserts that we will no longer tolerate the inequities in access to quality HIV treatment and effective prevention, nor the blatant human rights violations that continue to be perpetrated against us, and that we must stand together to fight these injustices.

Please download the call to action in different languages below and distribute them as widely as possible!

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UN Plus 2013 Calendar is here!

This calendar is the fruit of a worldwide collaboration between many UN

organizations, Civil Society partners and their dedicated staff.

After an amazing competition which brought to us the theme of “Access to Healthcare for All” through the eyes of people around the world, the winning photos have made their way to our 2013 calendar. You will find a soft copy available for download here. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

unplus calendar 2013

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Photo Contest Entry Closed

Photo Contest: UN Plus 2013 Calendar
Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

First and foremost, we would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to all the contestants who expressed interest in this project and have entered the competition.
Taking the time to participate in raising awareness is no small feat and should be recognized.
As you might know, the contest is now closed for applications and the selection process will soon be started.
We wish to inform you, though, that due to certain practical constraints, the online voting phase of the selection will not take place.
Instead, the pictures will be directly submitted to the jury comprised of three independent photographers who will judge the photos on their artistic and technical value, as well as their pertinence to the theme “Access to Healthcare for All”.
Once the judges have voted and the results compiled, they will be communicated officially. The announcement will be made on October 12th.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, should have any other questions regarding the contest or any other UN Plus issue.

Best regards,
UN Plus team

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