UN Cares in Action: Latest News

UN for All

The UN Cares team has finally finished circling the globe preparing UN staff members on how to deliver the new UN for All modules. After the launch which took place in Geneva in June 2015, the UN Cares core team led 8 regional workshops to train facilitators reaching 262 participants from 107 countries. These facilitators are now delivering the Core module and the LGBT module to UN employees in their respective countries.

The first regional workshop took place in Thailand in December 2015 for the Asia-Pacific region and the last region to host the workshop was East and Southern Africa, with an event that took place in Johannesburg in July 2016.

As in previous years UN Cares would like to recognize the outstanding work of its dedicated teams worldwide. In 2016 we are opening the process for three categories which includes a lifetime achievement category intended to recognise excellent UN Cares implementation over time.
IMPORTANT: Please note the deadline has been extended until 15 September 2016.
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PrEP to prevent HIV

Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is the use of an antiretroviral medication to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection by uninfected persons. PrEP is taken orally, using an antiretroviral drug available for treatment of HIV infection (tenofovir plus emtricitabine), The most common brand name of oral medication used for PrEP is Truvada. Although generic formulations are available in many countries at lower prices

The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends that people at substantial risk of HIV should be offered PrEP as an additional prevention choice . In 2014 WHO recommended offering PrEP to men who have sex with men (MSM). On the basis of further evidence of the effectiveness and acceptability of PrEP, WHO has now broadened the recommendation to include all population groups at substantial risk of HIV infection.

UN for All

UN Cares recently launched a website for its new initiative, UN for All, to combat stigma and discrimination in the UN workplace. Please visit the website for information on this new initiative and download posters. Visit our Facebook page to hear news from the latest UN for All training workshops. The website is being continuously updated with the latest information and news on this project.

Two training of facilitators workshops were held in September in Bangkok, Thailand and in Kingston, Jamaica. More workshops for UN for All facilitators will be held before the end of the year.

Tanzania: Focal points received training

From 16th – 18th May 2016, UN Cares Focal points training workshop was held at Coral Beach Hotel in Dar Es Salaam for the members of UN Cares inter-agency team representing about 14 UN agencies in Tanzania. About 20 UN Cares focal points participated in this three-day training workshop which focused on strengthening capacity for coordination of UN Cares implementation in the country by making sure that the UN policies on HIV and 10 Minimum Standards are understood by all personnel and their families.

The training also focused on introducing to the focal points the new UN for All modules related to human rights and respect for sexual diversity by ensuring dignity and inclusion and prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

Uganda: Interactive Seminar on HIV for Staff Dependents

UN Cares Uganda held a Youth Seminar for 200 Kids of UN Employees 8-18 years for an interactive seminar on HIV and AIDS!

The Youth Seminar aimed to provide the Youth with the necessary life-skills on HIV education and prevention. It was a day of fun and games! The HIV messages were communicated through Choir and Drama Songs, Plays, HIV Quiz Competitions and Age appropriate focus group discussions on HIV Education.

United States: One more year of success at the AIDS Walk in New York

May 17, New York: Staff members across all UN agencies came together with their family and friends to participate in the AIDS Walk in New York's beautiful Central Park. AIDS Walk takes place every year to create awareness about HIV and to raise funds and support for people living with HIV and AIDS. This year the team exceeded its fundraising goal by mobilizing $5,578, most of this due to the amazing effort of Bruce Sherouse who alone raised an amazing $2,261. Thanks and congratulations to all who participated and contributed.

Dominican Republic: UN Cares en República Dominicana recibe taller sobre Derechos Humanos en el lugar de trabajo (UN for All)

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Santo Domingo – El equipo interagencial UN Cares en República Dominicana y colegas aliados del sistema recibieron el pasado 28 de abril el primer taller de UN For All, sobre Derechos Humanos universales y su relevancia para el lugar de trabajo de la ONU.

Timor Leste: Bringing knowledge to all UN workers

UN Cares Team in Timor-Leste conducted a UN Cares first learning session targeting UN drivers, cleaners and contractors. The UN RC gave opening remarks to the session. One Resource person from the Ministry of Health was also invited and attended the learning session. Topics that were presented to the session were on UN Cares, SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Human Rights), on HIV/AIDS and also on GBV (Gender Based Violence).

Significant number of participants attended the learning session which were represented from various agencies, namely UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, FAO, UN Women and UN Common Premises.

Morocco: UN Cares Team Roll Out 2 UN for All training sessions

Following their participation in the regional training for trainers held in Cairo November 2015, the UN Cares Morocco Team was very enthusiastic about rolling out the UN for All modules in Morocco.

During the celebration of Zero Discrimination Day they introduced UN for All in a nutshell. Later in April the UN Cares Team in Morocco rolled out two UN for All sessions on 7 and 12 April to present the 2 new modules on Human Rights (Core Module) and inclusion of LGBTI personnel in the UN workplace (LGBTI module).

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