marija rakovic - hiv prevention in serbia


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6th Regional Conference in Sarajevo, May 17-18 2012.

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  • The 1997 report of the SG, An Agenda for Change, is seen by many UN practitioners as the beginning of the current phase of UN reforms. The 2005 World Summit, attended by the largest ever congregation of Heads of State and Governments adopted the Millennium Declaration from which the 8 Millennium Development Goals were synthesized. In 2006, the SG establish the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the area of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment to make recommendations aimed at making the UN more relevant and better able to deliver development results. The Panel’s report was released in November 2007 and is to be considered by the UN General Assembly as soon as the SG provides his views on the recommendations. The report of the SG is expected in March 2007.
  • marija rakovic - hiv prevention in serbia

    2. 2.  UNFPA supports countries implement the Programme of Action (PoA) resulting from the International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD) in 1994 via national and regional programmes to:  Reduce poverty,  Improve reproductive health and rights, and  Achieve gender equality. Religious leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) are influential cultural gatekeepers and agents of change in society.  Around 70% of people identify with a religious or spiritual community. Worldwide, the Catholic Church supports HIV-related treatment, care and support, particularly home and community-based care Pope Benedict XVI supports the UNAIDS Global Plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive
    3. 3.  2008:UNFPA hosted a Global Forum of FBOs, Istanbul 2009:Eastern Europe & Central Asia (EECA) Regional Forum, Minsk 2011: EECA Meeting with FBOs, Istanbul The purpose of these meetings: To share information and experience on ICPD PoA thematic areas; To discuss strategies for active engagement of FBOs in realizing the ICPD PoA and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    4. 4.  In 2009, UNFPA and the UN Theme Group on HIV and AIDS in Serbia started cooperation with FBOs and traditional religious communities in order to:  Raise awareness on youth health issues;  Involve FBOs in HIV programmes at local and national level (planning, implementation and monitoring) October–December 2009 meetings with all traditional religious communities and FBO’s held in Belgrade and Novi Pazar  All expressed willingness to work with UN in the field of youth health Relevant ministries contacted (MoH, MoF) Mid December 2009- a call for proposals One project proposal received
    5. 5.  All FBO’s and religious leaders keen to cooperate with UN agencies Acknowledged need to work with Young men and women to promote healthy lifestyles ‘Interfaith cooperation’ was acknowledged and supported MoH, MoI and MoF partners were also engaged
    6. 6.  Only CARITAS and Philanthropy have previous experience in working on project development and implementation Lack of staff to be devoted to the project implementation and monitoring
    7. 7.  MoUs signed between:  MoI and Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) for implementation of the National Drug Strategy 2009-2013, and  MoH and SOC FBO ‘Zemlja zivih’ will organize a regional FBO Conference in 2013 on:  Youth health and prevention of drug use,  Reintegration of current IDUs Series of roundtables with FBO’s and traditional faiths will be organized during 2012 (focused on youth and healthy lifestyles)
    8. 8. × We, in the region, can learn from each other similar religious and cultural environment can contribute joint prevention and treatment efforts× UN can provide technical support, but initiative should come from FBO and other community/civil society groups
    9. 9.  Investment (capacity building) in FBO and religious communities to enable them to implement different programmes Involve relevant ministries from the outset to gain government support and buy-in Strengthened cooperation between NGOs and FBO’s Strengthen interfaith dialogue to build consensus and joint commitment Strengthen linkages between FBO’s and religious communities in the region Need clear MoUs with stated goals and joint development of resources/ messages, to ensure FBOs support rights based and best practice approaches to HIV prevention (ie not just abstinence and be faithful messages).
    10. 10.  In case you would like to join us, Please contact: Ms. Marija Rakovic-UNFPA, NPO Dr. Miljana Grbic - HIV Advisor