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Donor funding for HIV/AIDS has been declining steadily in recent years and, in 2016, it reached its lowest level since 2010. Governments are less and less inclined to be leaders in the fight against HIV as a result of competing priorities, decreased budgets and HIV/AIDS fatigue.
In many donor countries, Members of Parliament are the driving force behind governments’ current leadership in HIV/AIDS. They defend the AIDS budgets and advocate for evidence-based policies. Champions in parliament are often part of networks, such as the Dutch Multi Party Initiative on SRHR & HIV/AIDS and/or the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group. In the United States, there is strong bipartisan support by PEPFAR and the Global Fund. These countries are considered to be top donors in the response to HIV, but face common challenges (including competing priorities). Future contributions to the response are at stake.
This symposium session brings together Parliamentarian leadership from the US, UK, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Japan. They will discuss current challenges and the relevance of parliamentary leadership in driving investments in the AIDS-response.
 

11:00
Welcome and introduction to Members of panellists
Mabel van Oranje, Aidsfonds / Amsterdam Planning Group / Multiparty Initiative on SRHR & HIV/AIDS / STOPAIDS / Friends of the Global Fight US, Netherlands
11:05
How did we get here? What are the elements of parliamentary leadership that drove major investments in HIV?
Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman for the 13th District of California, Founder & Co-Chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, United States
Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth, United Kingdom
Isabelle Diks, Green Left Party Netherlands, Netherlands
Ruth Labode, Global TB Caucus, Zimbabwe
11:25
How to tackle politically challenging issues, such as appropriate responses for key populations?
Ruth Labode, Global TB Caucus, Zimbabwe
Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman for the 13th District of California, Founder & Co-Chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, United States
Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth, United Kingdom
Isabelle Diks, Green Left Party Netherlands, Netherlands
11:45
How do parliamentarians and advocates work together to achieve adequate investment to accelerate progress to end AIDS
Ruth Labode, Global TB Caucus, Zimbabwe
Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman for the 13th District of California, Founder & Co-Chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, United States
Stephen Doughty, Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth, United Kingdom
Isabelle Diks, Green Left Party Netherlands, Netherlands
12:05
Interactive discussion with audience
Mabel van Oranje, Aidsfonds / Amsterdam Planning Group / Multiparty Initiative on SRHR & HIV/AIDS / STOPAIDS / Friends of the Global Fight US, Netherlands
12:25
Wrap-up: What have we learned?
Mabel van Oranje, Aidsfonds / Amsterdam Planning Group / Multiparty Initiative on SRHR & HIV/AIDS / STOPAIDS / Friends of the Global Fight US, Netherlands