The Tenth National Conference on LGBT Movement and MSM-Service of Ukraine "DIVERSITY AND EQUITY: Collaboration Policy, Realities and Priorities" was held in Kyiv on 19-22 October 2017 with an objective to strengthen coordination and increase the professionalism of the LGBT movement. The main topics of discussion during the conference were strategic information, elimination of discrimination on the basis of homophobia, coordination of activities between organizations representing key populations, challenges in conducting LGBT related public activities, LGBT advocacy priorities and many more.
Within the Conference, UNAIDS proposed a dedicated session on the role of the LBGT movement and the effort to implement the Fast Track Strategy in Ukraine. The session enabled to relate this effort to the endorsed National Sustainable Development Goals, Health System Reform, Prevention Road Map and the Sustainability Strategy 2020, achievement of the 90 90 90 targets among MSM and other related issues.
Mr. Chris Mallouris, UNAIDS Community Mobilization Adviser, Ms Laurel Sprague, Executive Director, Global Network of People Living with HIV, and Dr George Ayala, Executive Director, MSM Global Forum have sent their video addresses to the participants of the Conference with encouraging messages to stay united and to keep the good work on the tightly linked agendas of Human Rights and HIV/ AIDS.
Mr. Chris Mallouris, UNAIDS Community Mobilization Adviser
Dr George Ayala, Executive Director, MSM Global Forum
Ms Laurel Sprague, Executive Director, Global Network of People Living with HIV
The National Conference on LGBTI Movement and MSM Services is a key collective and inclusive annual event for LGBT activists in Ukraine, which is held since 2008. The organizers of the conferences are Ukrainian LGBT organizations, international technical assistance projects and international agencies, including the United Nations organisations operating in the country , in particular UNDP and UNAIDS.
MSM is one of the key populations in Ukraine accounting more than 151,000 people with HIV prevalence of 5%.