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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.