In June 2011, the world’s political leaders will gather in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting in order to renegotiate their commitments to fighting the global AIDS pandemic. Magatte Mbodj, Executive Director of ANCS (Alliance linking organisation in Senegal) will attend as part of the Senegalese delegation and describes what she hopes will be achieved at this meeting.
This is the third High Level Meeting that I will have attended. At this one, I will be part of the national delegation representing Civil Society. I will be both part of the Senegalese delegation and a civil society representative participating at all the events organised by civil society actors.
As part of the Senegalese delegation my role will be to ensure that the concerns of Senegalese civil society are effectively taken into consideration. I expect to see concrete recommendations from my government in terms of its commitment to combating AIDS and meeting the Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, and 6.
The key issues of concern for Senegal, and for ANCS, in the build up to the High Level Meeting have been the need for greater civil society involvement in the process, improved communication about the High Level Meeting to increase understanding of the importance of the event and the low level of resources to mobilise civil society actors.
On my return to Senegal, I intend to use any statement the Senegalese government makes as an advocacy tool to push them to fulfil their commitments. I hope that the meeting will help civil society actors to access key information, which will then be shared at national level.
Read more about the Alliance’s advocacy efforts in the build up to the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS.