SHOWCASE May 1, 2019

BUILDING AN EVIDENCE BASE TO ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQI ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Helping improve the inclusion of LGBTQI people in the decision making of development banks and the private sector is the aim of APCOM’s Finance Inc. project which we commenced last year.  We’re extremely fortunate to have as part of our Advisory Group for the project Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an expert in economic and …

SHOWCASE May 1, 2019

WORKING WITH THE GLOBAL FUND IN CAMBODIA

In late April, APCOM hosted a two-day consultation and workshop in Bangkok on transition and sustainability readiness for HIV advocates from across South East Asia. Participants learned about new strategies and examined a range of case studies on best practices taking place across the region. There was also some strategic regional level guidance to help participants implement strategies at national …

ADVOCACY April 30, 2019

HIV ADVOCATES AT THE 2019 PEPFAR REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PLAN MEETINGS

In early April, representatives from community groups in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Thailand, and regional key population networks, including APCOM met with US Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ambassador Deborah Birx in Bangkok as part of the agency’s 2019 Regional Operational Plan (ROP) …

NEWSROOM April 30, 2019

TestBKK’s New Approaches to Thai MSM who Use Drugs

After launching “Safter Hi-fun” page, “Alcohol and Drugs” Microsite, and “How to Organise Safer Chemsex Party” Bookleton testBKK.org website in the last year, testBKK, APCOM’s flagship HIV testing campaign to young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Bangkok, has stepped up to experiment new ways to approach Thai MSM who use drugs with combinations of offline and …

ADVOCACY April 30, 2019

Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC) Excutive Director at the PEPFAR Asia Regional Operational Planning Meeting 2019

The PEPFAR Asia Regional Operational Planning Meetings took place in Bangkok, Thailand 1-5 April 2019. During the event,  Aditya Wardhana, Executive Director of the Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC) who was a civil society representative, has delivered a great speech on the country’s situation and call for further support from PEPFAR and other partners. The Honorable Ambassador Birx, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for …

ADVOCACY April 11, 2019

Helen Clark speaks at APCOM Pre-Conference at ILGA World 2019

APCOM was active in taking part in the 29th ILGA World Conference, held in Wellington, New Zealand, on 18 to 22 March 2019. Represented by Chair of the Regional Advisory Group, Dédé Oetomo, and Executive Director, Midnight Poonkasetwattana, we held two pre-conference sessions on 19 March. We were honored and proud to have the Rt Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister …

PREVENTION April 11, 2019

ILGA World Gets Pacific In New Zealand

The recent ILGA World Conference in the New Zealand capital of Wellington was attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world including many from the Pacific region. APCOM’s Executive Director Midnight Poonkasetwattana and Regional Advisory Group Chair Dédé Oteomo joined many representatives from partner organisations including Parker Franck Hou from Papua New Guinea’s Kapul Champions. Parker, a 46 year …

NEWSROOM April 10, 2019

APCOM’S LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS AMBASSADOR JUSTICE MICHAEL KIRBY DIALOGUE WITH HIS EMINENCE PIETRO CARDINAL PAROLIN AT THE VATICAN

I begin by thanking his Holiness Pope Francis, the Holy See and the Cardinal Secretary of State for making this dialogue possible.  To be here today, I have crossed three continents.  After this dialogue I will return immediately to my home in Australia. The journey has afforded me much time to sharpen my thoughts. Like Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, I am a lawyer.  I …

SHOWCASE April 9, 2019

IRL (‘In Real Life’): Young people and the Global Fund

How does a young person see his engagements with the Global Fund (GF) processes, IRL? At the young age, Doan Thanh Tung has already founded Lighthouse, an organisation which has become one of the leaders for MSM advocacy and HIV service delivery in Hanoi, Vietnam. As a self-identified gay man and MSM, Tung considers himself as part of the young key …

ADVOCACY April 9, 2019

Statement of ASEAN Civil Society Organizations on the Full Enforcement of Sharia Law in Brunei Darussalam

We, the undersigned civil society organizations in the ASEAN region, urge the government of Brunei to immediately halt the full implementation of the Sharia Penal Code (SPC). The said law entails provisions that contradict international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination …