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PANCAP to hold high-level meetings

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) A series of high-level meetings of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, next week.

On Monday, 22 September, members of the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), the technical advisory group to the PANCAP Executive Board, will meet to review key projects. A primary area for discussion will be the recently finalised draft monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and operational plan for the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF), 2014-2018. The CRSF will guide the work of Partners into the Post-2015 Agenda period.

Other agenda items for this meeting include updates on  the proposed Policy and Strategy Working Group (PSWG) on stigma and discrimination; the Justice for All programme, aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination in the region; a status report on Phase II of the Global Fund Round 9 Grant; review of the new UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets; the results of a recent study among men who have sex with men in the Caribbean; and an update on the preparations for the upcoming 13th Annual General Meeting of PANCAP.
On Tuesday, 23 September, the PANCAP Executive Board will hold its 22nd meeting. The Executive Board will receive a report from the PACC meeting and will be invited to endorse the aforementioned CRSF, 2014-2018 and the accompanying M&E framework and operational plan as well as to also endorse the PSWG on stigma and discrimination. PANCAP Coordinating Unit Director will provide an update on the upcoming 13th Annual General Meeting of the Partnership to be held in Guadeloupe, in November.
The Seventh Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) takes place during this period. Key among agenda issues are reports on the status of Phase II of the Global Fund Round 9 Grant and the RCM Concept Note development, including the country dialogue process.

On Wednesday, 24 September, the PSWG on stigma and discrimination will hold its inaugural meeting under the chairmanship of the Caribbean Network of People Living with HIV (CRN+). This working group will serve as the principal advisory group to PANCAP on issues related to the removal of stigma and discrimination and promotion of human rights in the Caribbean.  

The Coordinating Unit of PANCAP is organising and coordinating each of the meetings.
PANCAP is a sixty-two member Partnership which was established by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2001 to respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean.

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