PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum
Ms. Anita Davis-Craig
PANCAP Coordinating Unit,
Mr. Timothy Austin
The PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum, which will be held on 30 – 31 May in Kingston, Jamaica, is a platform for parliamentarians from across the Region to discuss their involvement in ending HIV and AIDS. Government ministers and members of the opposition will be participating.
The Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis will be attending. The Honourable Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice, Jamaica will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 30.
The Forum will encompass a discussion on the targets of the Political Declaration of June 2016 and the implications for parliaments in the Caribbean.
Parliamentarians are also expected to establish the foundations for increased engagement with national parliaments and national Parliamentary Committees on Health/Social Protection and on Justice especially in countries such as Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which have higher HIV prevalence rates.
Parliamentarians will also utilize the Forum to assess their role in promoting healthy living and well-being for all ages in the region; identify the constitutional challenges posed by the criminalisation of sex between consenting adults and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation and suggest strategies that parliamentarians can adopt to advocate for the end AIDS by 2030. Parliamentarians will also be updated on global best practices related to their engagement on these issues.