NGO Committee on HIV/AIDS

NEW YORK

VISION AND VALUES
MISSION
CORE BELIEFS
• • • • • • WerecognizethatHIVisbothaglobalpandemicandadiseasethataffectsindividuals,communities,institutions,andentiregeographicareas. We believe that HIV/AIDS affects physical, mental, emotional, financial and social well-being, and that HIV/AIDS is often accompanied by multiple and interrelated conditions. We define affected communities by a common location, affiliation or experience, and recognize that HIV/AIDS-related issues often go beyond the boundaries of individual member states or geographic regions. We subscribe in all aspects of our work to best practice and cultural competency principles, and to the highest ethical standards. We believe that solutions to HIV/AIDS-related problems are best achieved by employing the collective wisdom of local individuals, their communities, institutions, and governments, and our professions through collaborations and partnerships. We believe that advocacy to change public policy where needed is best informed by those living with HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS-affected friends, family, caregivers and communities, and those working to assist them. The NGO Committee on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations in New York strengthens the capacity of civil society and member states to address HIV prevention and mitigation, cure and treatment, and care and support.We keep the issueofHIV/AIDSontheagenda,andvisible,attheUnitedNationsthroughadvocacywithgovernmentsandother multi-lateralinstitutions,writtenandoralinterventions,andparallelandeducationaleventsfortheUnitedNations (UN)CommunityduringCommissionsandatkeymomentsforadvocacy.The Committee performsconsultation, education, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and policy advisement.

CORE VALUES
SOCIAL JUSTICE Individuals, families and communities have the right to health and well-being without fear of social isolation or discrimination. ETHICS Our work is guided by the internationallyrecognized ethical principles of respect for individuals’ autonomy, beneficence–the obligationtodogood,nonmaleficence–the obligation to do no harm, and justice.* COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS In addressing HIV/AIDS, it is imperative that we build coalitions across disciplines and include local stakeholders so that they are fully engaged with each other in ongoing discussions. In so doing, we learn as much from our communities as they learn from us. SERVICE In order to most effectively serve, our activities should be guided by the highest scientific and programmatic standards of theory- and evidenced-based practices, including sensitivity to cultural and spiritual concerns, in concert with the highest ethical principles.We routinely evaluate the impact of our efforts. COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Supporting the personal and professional growthofourcommitteemembersadvances our mission. Committee members reciprocate by providing knowledge and skills.

WELL-BEING Health is the presence of physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, not only the absence of illness. We address HIV/ AIDS by seeking to better the lives of those infected with or affected by the virus, and the caregivers ofthoseinfected oraffectedby HIV. INTEGRATION Individual health exists in a matrix of social, community and political structures. Therefore, HIV/AIDS can and should be addressedthroughameliorationofconditions such as poverty or conflict that create environments where HIV/AIDS is more likely to occur. More broadly–the health of one person affects the health of all.

EMPOWERMENT Individuals, families and communities have the ability to change in ways that improve their health and well-being. Empowerment requires universal access to the knowledge, skills and means to prevent HIV, or treat or care for those with HIV/AIDS. EDUCATION, TRAINING & DISSEMINATION Wehaveanobligationtoshareourknowledge and expertise as widely and wisely as possible in order to influence 1) health policy, 2) the delivery of health care services by professionals and para-professionals, 3) scholarship and practice, and 4) promotion of the well-being of the general public with regards to HIV/ AIDS and co-occurring conditions.

Dept. we advocate for the support of caregivers. in particular access to any type of services. especially in those countries where extreme poverty makes buying medicines cost-prohibitive and threats to food security endanger the efficacy of those medicines. race. indigenous heritage or origin. community leaders. and sexual orientation.ADVOCACY ISSUES FOR 2011-2012 CHILDREN AND YOUTH † Given that 1 in 6 new infections occur in children.int/eth/Ethics_basic_concepts_ENG. we see the need to advocate on their behalf. http://www.html † Our principles of social justice underscore that we pay attention to the special issues relevant to the marginalization of any peoples. We will develop a calendar of Commission meetings and develop priority targets for each year. MEDICATION AND CARE Some persons infected with HIV are denied their human rights. and NGOs. PARALLEL EVENTS / EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS We will prepare proposals for parallel events during the Commissions and promote participation among our constituencies. * For detailed guidelines. religion. ELDER POPULATIONS † More infected individuals are living longer due to improved medical technology. in this coming year. partnering with UNAIDS. http://ohsr.gov/guidelines/belmont. and the number of older individuals becoming newly infected is increasing. U. of Health. for Social Development and the Status of Women in particular. While recognizing the improvements in providing access to anti-retroviral medications [ARVs]. business colleagues. AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL HIV/ AIDS-RELATED EVENTS WORLD AIDS DAY We will prepare a collaborative event to commemorate World AIDS Day. economic means. Likewise we will strengthen our relationships with other organizations with similar missions.S. ORAL AND WRITTEN INTERVENTIONS We will work to prepare interventions for the UN Commissions. ngohivaids. that accompany thisaging population. treatment.includingmultipleco-occurringconditions.od. many of whom are children and the elderly. Our areas of concern are: prevention. and especially to the needs of those marginalized on the basis of gender or gender identity. World Health Organization (2009). Likewise. Education and Welfare (1979). PARTICIPATION IN THE UN SYSTEM FOR 2011-2012 UNAIDS We will strengthen our relationship with UNAIDS during the course of this coming year and partner with them in their programs and policy advocacy.who. we want to expand the number of those receiving medicines.Wewanttoaddressthenewissues. familial and communal relations. education.org . UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO PREVENTION.pdf See also: The Belmont Report. see: Research Ethics Committees: Basic Concepts for Capacity Building. We will work to inform people of the discriminatory laws and practices of some governments and advocate for the protection of excluded groups.nih.

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