SparkBlue Discussion on Social Protection and People Living With HIV and Key Populations

Boyan Konstantinov

UNDP, in partnership with ILO, welcomes you to the global discussion on social protection for people living with HIV and key populations. You can join the discussion here:https://www.sparkblue.org/PLHIV2021

UNDP and ILO also invite you to join us for a live Global Dialogue “Connecting the Dots on Social Protection for People Living with HIV and Key Populations Most At Risk of HIV”. The two-day Global Dialogue will take place on 18-19 May 2021 at 8-11AM Eastern Standard time, on Zoom, with translations to Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. You can register to participate through the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/dVhdCS6iE8

Social protection is an effective tool to promote economic and social inclusion and is a key lever to reduce inequality and poverty, address vulnerabilities and enable investments in human development. The COVID-19 pandemic not only highlighted existing inequalities but has actually deepened them for many populations across all regions .  Going into the crisis, half of the world’s population (ILO, 2017) did not have adequate social protection and hence was not prepared to face the sudden and significant loss of income and large out-of-pocket health expenses. To ensure people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations are not left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic and response, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) issued a Global Call to Action which requested countries to enhance the responsiveness of their social protection systems to address people’s basic and changing needs and vulnerabilities, with specific mention of people living with at risk of and affected by HIV including key populations, among others.

Target audience:
We are inviting representatives of people living with HIV, key populations, relevant government authorities, such as ministries of health, labour, social protection and finance, multilateral organizations such as ILO, WHO, the UNAIDS Secretariat, the World Bank, and funding mechanisms and donors such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund), the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as the private sector and academics.

The specific concerns, proposals, good practices, lessons learnt, and targeted recommendations outlined during the virtual Spark Blue Discussion (7-24 April) and Global Dialogue (27-28 April) will be documented and incorporated in a comprehensive document to inform the work of governments, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, key populations, people living with HIV, civil society, academia and the private sector.