Keynote Address UN Resident Coordinator on World AIDS Day Gala Dinner - The importance of empowering communities to reach the SDGs

World AIDS Day Gala Dinner
"The importance of empowering communities to reach the SDGs"
Hotel Gran Mahakam, Thursday 12 December 2019
Keynote Address by UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Nirody

Selamat Malam

Thank you very much for coming tonight to commemorate World AIDS Day with us, and to support the work of communities in Indonesia.

I would like to thank UNAIDS for organizing this event and welcome the theme of the 2019 World AIDS Day: “Communities make difference”.

World AIDS Day offers an important platform to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.

Globally, a record 38 million people are living with HIV, yet resources for the response to the epidemic declined by $1 billion last year. More than ever we need to harness the role of community-led organizations that advocate for their peers, deliver HIV services, defend human rights and provide support.

Communities are crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is because communities work closely with the people they serve, know how to reach them and respond to their needs. This way, they can ensure that no one is left behind.

Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many ways. They are helping people to claim their rights, promoting access to stigma-free health and social services, ensuring that services reach the most vulnerable and marginalized, and pressing to change laws that discriminate.
In the HIV response, community-led organizations are organization by and for people living with HIV. Many representatives from community-led organizations are here with us today.

In Indonesia, communities are delivering incredibly important HIV services and support. They are providing access to treatment, ensuring that confidential HIV testing services are available, making sure that people have the prevention services and sexual and reproductive health knowledge they need, and addressing conservatism.

For instance, community-led organizations have taken on the role of developing and implementing comprehensive SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) training. This includes learning about puberty and preventing sexually transmitted infections for young people to PMTCT (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission) of HIV for pregnant women.

Community-led organizations have also shown resilience in developing guidelines for Government-CSO funding for HIV services to improve the sustainability of the HIV response, advocating for an anti-discrimination bill, and conducting situation analyses regarding access to HIV services for affected populations.

However, far too often, communities are lacking the resources and recognition they deserve and need. They need financial, legal and political support to carry on and scale up the vital work they do to keep people safe.

The United Nations General Assembly through its 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS has committed to ensuring that at least 30% of all service delivery is community-led by 2030. For this to happen in Indonesia, communities need to receive more support to strengthen their capacities and broaden their networks.

Here are some examples of UN work with communities in Indonesia to end AIDS.

UNAIDS is supporting the capacity strengthening of civil society organizations in data collection and use for programming, M&E, advocacy, media engagement and private sector engagement.

UNAIDS, UNDP, ILO, UN Women, UNFPA and UNODC work with communities to advocate for the adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.

We ensure to always give communities a voice, representing them in planning, decision-making and implementation processes. UNAIDS has consistently engaged with young communities in the development of its chatbot Tanya Marlo and collaborates with JIP (Jaringan Indonesia Positif) on the Saya Berani campaign.

We need communities in order to end AIDS by 2030. All of us here can contribute to the work of communities by showing that we care and want to learn, for instance by visiting a community, by donating time, money or goods to community-led networks, or by sharing their stories through our local networks.

The UN in Indonesia look forward to continuing our work together with you all and to strengthening our engagement on this issue.

I hope that this commemoration of World AIDS Day will inspire you to take suitable action.

With communities, we can end AIDS.

Thank you, Terima Kasih Banyak


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