The 9th ICAAP (9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific) was held in Bali, Indonesia on August, 9th – 13th, 2009. Under the theme “Empowering people, strengthening networks”, the event was officially opened by The President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Hj. Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, followed by the speech of the UNAIDS Executive Director, Mr. Michel Sidibé whose speech called for the establishment of enabling environments and supportive social norms necessary to deliver a future generation free of HIV.
The event, which takes places every two years, was also an opportunity for the UNGASS Forum and Jaringan Orang Terinfeksi HIV Indonesia (JOTHI) to do some campaign to promote UNGASS-AIDS and build stronger partnership in Asia and the Pacific due to its monitoring process. For that, in the first three days, it was distributed an UNGASS-AIDS Forum flyer to people attending the Community Forum who didn’t acknowledged at all – not even those who are people living with HIV and other key affected population – what is the UNGASS Forum and how can it affect AIDS response in the country.
UNGASS – During meeting, World AIDS Campaign, Gestos – Ford Foundation and UNAIDS supported a satellite session that aimed to initiate discussion at the country and regional level regarding the UNGASS monitoring process and civil society involvement. The panelist were UNGASS Community Forum from Thailand and Indonesia, representative from UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and Pacific (RST/AP), representative from International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and representative from Asia Pacific Coalition on AIDS Service Organization (APCASO).
Two of the most discussed topics in the session were: what will happen after the 2010, as it is the last “time target” mentioned in the UNGASS doc; and if UNGASS reporting process will be repositioned within MDG report process or if it will be recommitted.