Are you a journalist living openly with HIV in the Carbean?

If you are, UNAIDS is giving journalists a chance to cover the Living 2012 Summit and AIDS Conference to be held in DC in July. Those interested should email martinc@unaids.org for more info.

According to living2012.org, Living 2012 “is the 13th International Conference of people living with HIV and will be held on July 19 and 20, 2012, in Washington DC, USA. LIVING 2012 is an official pre-conference to the 19th International AIDS Conference AIDS 2012. The goal of LIVING 2012 is to guide and inform actions and programmes of people living with HIV networks and other stakeholders through an evidence-informed advocacy strategy developed by and for people living with HIV. One of the outcomes will be an updated Global Advocacy Agenda for people living with HIV.”

 

Join Andre Robb and CrowdOutAIDS

 A few days ago, we posted about Andre Robb’s participation in drafting UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Soroya Julian followed up with him to find out how people across the region can participate in in the process.Through crowdsourcing–a process that enables mass collaboration–the secretariat hopes to engage more young people and others historically left out of strategy development.

So, how does Andre plan to make sure the Caribbean and its specific needs are well represented in the strategy? Here’s what he had to say:

“As far as I understand the CrowdOutAIDS process, the drafting committee is really an aggregator and refiner of the sentiments voiced throughout the process. So at this point, my role may not necessarily be to represent specific needs, as much as it is for me to stay true to the realities experienced by Caribbean young people. I will ensure that in situations where a regional perspective is needed, that I reflect views and insights that have been shared by participants, my own experience and the experiences of those I have access to during the process. The document is being publicly drafted and there is a solutions app on the site, so Caribbean youth and youth all over  the world, continue to have an opportunity to guarantee good representation – isn’t that awesome?!”

Want to get involved? Want to know more about the solutions app that Andre mentioned? Go to the website at CrowdOutAIDS.org of visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CrowdOutAIDS-North-America-Western-Central-Europe/207451279324304.

 

Andre Robb to Rep Caribbean in UNAIDS ‘CrowdOutAIDS’ Campaign!

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is using a non traditional method called crowdsourcing to develop the new UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call (Jeff Howe).

24 year old Andre Robb of Jamaica will join 9 other young adults from around the world, who have been selected as a part of this process. They will form a committee which will spend the next couple of weeks in training, analyzing the data, then using various online tools to collaborate on the development of the strategy.

Andre has worked for the government and civil society on Youth Development, HIV programmes and comprehensive sexuality education programmes in Jamaica. Andre’s advocacy in his country allows him to represent young people on local and international committees and working groups. He is now committed to building social innovation and social entrepreneurship among young Caribbean change makers. Follow him on Twitter:@robbizle7. No doubt Andre will be seeking to advocate for our region’s specific needs in this strategy, but be sure to tweet him and let him know your thoughts.

Meet the entire #CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee members: http://shar.es/WRADI