Announcement: Asia Pacific Conference on HIV/AIDS and Governance. Venue: Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi Date: Dec 2 and 3, 2004 Organized by: Action Aid International- Asia & Asia Pacific People's Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (APPACHA) HIV/AIDS is creating and deepening poverty. The epidemic is turning back the development clock, undermines achievements in health and education and acts as a barrier in on economic progress. This two-day conference is to explore the linkages between HIV/AIDS and governance and develop an action strategy to translate the governance approach to regional, sub-regional and grass root level action in Asia pacific region. Youth and labor force have emerged as a major vulnerable group apart from stigmatized populations, migrants, women and poor. The epidemic is fast taking a heavy toll on people who are at their most productive age. The latest statistics about the rapid spread of the epidemics in several pockets of Asia and Pacific sends alarming signals. The situation calls for unprecedented political action to combat the epidemic - a crisis that is increasingly being recognized as the greatest political and humanitarian challenge of all times. This conference is to understand and articulate the need for clear vision and leadership at all levels of government to tackle the crisis. A model leadership as a sign of proactive move to ensure accountability at all levels; to champion the cause of more and strategic resources is being called for. Mobilization of institutions and actors well beyond the health sector is necessary and being called for. Among the key questions the conference attempts to consider are: . Implications of HIV/AIDS for democracy . Relevance and need of multi-sectoral alliances to combat HIV/AIDS . Means and methods of developing and implementing accountability frameworks . Empowering communities to monitor, evaluate budgets. . Public health system- its breakdown and rejuvenation to combat the . International commitment- 'broken promises or recycled slogans' epidemic. This international conference will bring together people from various walks of life- politicians, activists, UN officials, campaigners, analysts, people affected and living with HIV/ AIDS, government officials, people from the media in the Asia pacific region. This conference will address few of the following issues: . What we know about the linkages between governance and HIV/AIDS . What we have learned about AIDS and Governance . Democracy and AIDS . Accountability, Transparency and AIDS response . Understanding and monitoring AIDS . Bureaucracy . Budgets, Taxes and Development . Civil Society and Social Capital . Citizenship, community Participation and Human Rights . Regional and Personal Security . Governance of the Creation and use of AIDS knowledge . Research and Action plan For Further details and expression of interest please contact: Sneha Singh <firstname.lastname@example.org> Unni <email@example.com> Mukul <firstname.lastname@example.org> Joe Thomas <email@example.com> APPACHA <firstname.lastname@example.org> ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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