Make Canada a Leader in Ending AIDS
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has joined efforts with the African Regional organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) to urge the Canadian government to take leadership at the 2012 G8 on AIDS-related issues. The CAW supports these efforts.
Canada has already taken initial steps by including an assessment of how to implement ILO's "AIDS in the workplace" recommendation 200 within its borders, creating a model for other countries. (Read the CAW information manual "HIV/AIDS: A Worker's Issue, A Union Issue" here.)
From March through May 2012, trade union organizations throughout Africa will target Canadian embassies in their countries in an effort to gain Prime Minister Stephen Harper's support at the G8 Summit taking place May 18-19 at Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat in the state of Maryland.
These actions would include:
- Implementing the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV & AIDS;
- Committing resources to replenish the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria;
- Implementing the International Labour Organization (ILO) Recommendation 200 concerning HIV & AIDS and the World of Work; and
- Including the Political Declaration and Global Fund commitments of G8 countries under its Accountability Framework.
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- Unions say G8 Summit makes progress on AIDS / Le Sommet du G8 fait des progrès en matière de SIDA, selon les syndicats
- G8 Poised to Boost Food Security, but Unions Say Don't Overlook Health
- Aids Tops List in G8 Talks Between Canadian High Commissioner & Nigerian Unions
- Canadian Government Report Prompts Union Calls for G8 Summit Focus on AIDS & Workplaces
- African Unions Take Aim at Canadian Embassies: Kick Start G8 Campaign on HIV/AIDS
- African & Canadian Unions Launch G8 AIDS Campaign
- CLC Letter to Prime Minister Harper - HIV & AIDS and the G8 Summit
- Public Health Agency of Canada Report on ILO Recommendations on HIV/AIDS in the Workplace
- Backgrounder on CLC/ ITUC-Africa AIDS campaign
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