Stopping aids, acting together : strategic framework for third asean work programme on hiv and aids (2006-2010)
The First Meeting of the Senior Labour Officials Meeting’s Working Group on HIV-BCA Prevention and Control in the Workplace (SLOM-WG-HIV) held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 20-21 July 2011 adopted the SLOM-WG-HIV Work Plan 2011-2015, in which the establishment of an ASEAN Business Coalition on HIV-AIDS (ASEAN-BCA) is planned. The establishment of the ASEAN-BCA supports the building of a people-oriented ASEAN as called for in the ASEAN Charter, and implementation of the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Work Programme 2010-2015. 2. As the majority of people living with HIV in ASEAN Member States are of productive working age, this adversely gives impacts on the well-being of millions of workers and their families, and on the productivity of nations and their enterprises. Considering this, the business community, which is usually represented by employers’ associations, shares the responsibilities to prevent and protect their workers from HIV and AIDS-related problems and discrimination. In partnerships with stakeholders, the business community would be able to build networks and mobilise resources to prevent and control HIV and AIDS in the workplace with greater results. Against this backdrop, the ASEAN-BCA is developed. 3. The ASEAN-BCA would contribute to the realisation of the collective commitment of ASEAN Member States in the ASEAN Declaration of Commitment: Getting to Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-Related Deaths which was adopted by the Leaders at the 19th ASEAN Summit held on 17 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia. 4. The ASEAN-BCA would also contribute to the realisation of the individual commitment of ASEAN Member States to accelerate progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 6 (MDG 6) which refers to halting and reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS and other related Goals by 2015.
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