A meeting to review the SADC sponsored United Nations Resolution on Women, the Girl Child and HIV and AIDS was held from the 27-30th July 2015 at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting objectives were to:
(i) review the content of the Resolution on Women, the Girl Child and HIV and AIDS and in particular, with great emphasis on the three contentious issues that Member States could not agree on;
(ii) make cross references and get inputs from other SADC sectors of Health and Education in terms of the agreed language in relation to the contentious issues and reach a consensus on the way forward; and
(iii) prepare and agree on the Revised Resolution which will be presented to the Ministers Meeting for approval before its tabling at the CSW60.
The meeting was attended by a total of 45 participants, at least three participants from each Member State i.e. Angola; Botswana; DRC; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Namibia; Seychelles; Swaziland; United Republic of Tanzania; Zambia and Zimbabwe. Participants were drawn from Gender, Education, Health and Legal sectors. In attendance also was representatives of the United Nations Agencies from UNAIDS Regional Office and HQ in Geneva; UN-Women and UNESCO.
The meeting successfully reviewed the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women Sessions (CSW) Resolution, paragraph by paragraph, mainly looking at issues that are outdated and updating the evidence; repetitions etc. After having identified, discussed and agreeing on what makes a "Good Resolution" with the United Nations guidance on how to draft UN resolutions, the meeting: