Now, more than ever, the HIV response needs inspiring and empowering leadership at all levels. An interfaith prayer breakfast, held during the United Nations General Assembly, will renew commitment to our shared vision of ending AIDS by 2030. This will be a unique opportunity to strengthen current collaboration and to forge new partnerships between faiths and other sectors. We need to work together to achieve our common goals.
There is a growing recognition of the immense potential of religious leaders in the response to HIV and AIDS. Faith leaders have powerful voices in: making and shaping national policies, calling for justice, protecting the rights of the most vulnerable, marginalized and key populations, addressing stigma and discrimination, and mobilizing people to take up testing, prevention, treatment and care. Religious leaders and faith-based organizations, including faith-based health care services, are critical to efforts to achieve the new targets set in the 2016 Political Declaration on AIDS and in UNAIDS “Fast Track” strategy.
High level leaders will address the gathering, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and make recommendations to strengthen collaboration and renew commitment to a shared vision for ending AIDS by 2030.
This event is being organized by the World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC – EAA), in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development (IATF). These organizations are committed to strengthening faith-based engagement and collaboration not only on the HIV response, but also on other pressing global health, justice, and human rights issues.
Participation is by invitation only.