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UNESCO HIV and AIDS focal points workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 11-15 May 2009

The workshop aimed to present and share UNESCO’s ongoing and planned work on HIV and AIDS; discuss UNESCO’s ‘corporate priorities’, including EDUCAIDS and the upcoming Global Guidelines on sex, relationships and HIV education and UNESCO’s strategic role in the joint UN response to HIV and AIDS and how to strengthen partnerships; and finalize a new Regional Strategy for HIV and AIDS in the Asia Pacific Region.
Focal points from 4 National Commissions and 13 UNESCO field offices as well as representatives from UNAIDS, UNODC and NGOs attended the meeting. 

Workshop materials (presentations, speech, etc..)

  • Workshop Agenda (MS Word file)
  • List of participants (Excel file)
  • Speech delivered by Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok (pdf

Day 1- Monday 11 May 2009

Presentation of the assessment of UNESCO field office responses to HIV and AIDS & plenary discussions of key findings, Jan Wijngaarden and Ngo Thanh Loan 

Key UNESCO global initiatives – part 1: Introduction to Sex, Relationships and HIV education (including the new Global Guidelines), Chris Castle (ppt

Discussion and planning for follow-up action on this initiative in the region, moderated by Chris Castle

The AIDS in Asia Report and the need for more focus on adolescents most-at-risk, Jan Wijngaarden (ppt)

Discussion with Thai teachers about school based sex education, obstacles and opportunities for improvement, moderated by Rapeepun Jommaroeng and PATH  (ppt)

Discussion with Thai adolescents about school-based sex education & their suggestions for improvement, moderated by Rapeepun Jommaroeng 

Day 2 - Tuesday 12 May 2009

Key UNESCO global initiatives – part 2: EDUCAIDS – what is it and what is it not?, Chris Castle (ppt, slides 1-13 )

Linking HIV work with other UNESCO activities: TVE, NFE, EFA, inclusive education, ESD – the Delhi office experience, Shankar Chowdhury (ppt)

Lecture and discussion of the meaning of culture & how understanding this improves our work, David Feingold 

Partnerships: Working with UNFPA and UNICEF – examples from Vietnam and Cambodia: lessons learned, Hans Lambrecht and Ung Kim Heang (ppt)

Partnerships: UNESCO offices working with Nat Coms – how to expand strategic partnerships?, Altantsetseg Dashzeweg (Mongolia), Ms. Chandeng (Lao Natcom), Mr. Hamid (Malaysia), Prof. Gracia (Philippines) 

Partnerships: Working together as UNESCO country / cluster offices with UNESCO institutes, HQ and RB, Chris Castle

Discussion: strategies for enhancing partnerships, Shashi Dev Shah

Field trip to the Piman center, a Male Sexual Health clinic in Chiang Mai, organized by Rapeepun Jommaroeng

Day 3 - Wednesday 13 May 2009

Simultaneous informal capacity building / information sharing sessions:

  1. Epidemiology and Basic AIDS Knowledge Clinic
  2. Using GIS for enhancing epidemiological understanding and for advocacy, Khun Peerayut - CLT (ppt)
  3. Media advocacy, David Feingold and Shankar Chowdhury
  4. Using the IATT on AIDS and Education Mainstreaming Toolkit. The toolkit is available at , Chris Castle
  5. Conducting an assessment on the needs of most at risk adolescents, Rapeepun Jommaroeng
  6. Strategic planning with the Education Ministry, Ung Kim Heang
  7. Establishing a partnership with UNICEF and other UN partners, Shashi Dev Shah
  8. Proposal writing skills, Philip Bergstrom

Afternoon: Trip to Wat Doi Suthep (a temple overlooking Chiang Mai)

Day 4 - Thursday 14 May 2009

Reaching the Unreached:  A Decade of HIV Vulnerability Reduction for Ethnic Minorities in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region & discussion, David Feingold

Museum exhibition on Healthy Sexuality in Bangkok: lessons learned so far, Philip Bergstrom (ppt)

Improving drug education as part of curriculum reform and via other approaches, Shankar Chowdhury

Municipal Responses to HIV & how they can be conceptualized / brought forward, Philip Bergstrom and / or David Clarke

Men in Uniform Project, Pakistan, Arshad Khan (ppt)

Planning for the new biennium: the 2010-2011 UBW process, Chris Castle, Jan Wijngaarden and Philip Bergstrom

Setting up HIV coordination within ministries of Education: the Cambodian experience and what other UNESCO offices can learn from it, Ung Kim Heang (ppt)

CI/UNESCO Delhi’s work with media / journalists and what other UNESCO offices can learn from it, Shankar Chowdhury (ppt)

Day 5 - Friday 15 May 2009

Individual brainstorming – developing ideas for UBW proposals 2010-2011, facilitated by Jan Wijngaarden

Planning for a Joint World AIDS Day activity across UNESCO offices in the region, Shankar Chowdhury and Rapeepun Jommaroeng

Towards a new regional AIDS strategy: presentation of strategic thrusts and crosscutting priorities, Jan Wijngaarden

Group work: Strategy review, with involvement of UNAIDS, UNODC, UNDP, UNICEF, possibly PATH and PLAN

Group 1: South Asia & Kazakhstan and Afghanistan

Group 2: Southeast Asia and Pacific

Group 3: Non-UNESCO colleagues

Concluding remarks (Speech delivered by Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok pdf )