Draft of U.N. HIV political declaration released along with calls for comments

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coverzerodraftCoordinators of the upcoming United Nations meeting on global HIV impacts and responses released a draft Tuesday of the political declaration on global responses to HIV to be considered for adoption and a commitment to action by U.N. General Assembly member states June 8. HIV response advocates, human rights advocates and other interested parties can submit responses to the document through a survey by the end of tomorrow, or by email by the end of Friday.

Building on declarations adopted at previous UN meetings as well as on the 2014 90-90-90 UNAIDS call for diagnostic and treatment goals to end the global public health impacts of HIV by 2030, the draft sets specific targets, while also calling for efforts that confront and reverse poverty, inequities, and discrimination that fuel HIV incidence and deaths.

Measurable targets the draft calls on member states to commit to include:

  • 29 million people living with HIV, with 1.2 million children among them accessing antiretroviral treatment by 2020;
  • A 75 percent reduction in TB-related deaths among people living with HIV by 2020;
  • Attention to HIV and hepatitis B and C co-infection with a  30 percent reduction in hepatitis B and C infections, 5 million people receiving hepatitis B treatment and 3 million people receiving treatment for chronic hepatitis C by 2020.

The draft also calls for ending laws, policies and practices that stand between currently criminalized and otherwise marginalized populations and health services, including men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities, people who inject drugs, people who earn income through sex work and people living with HIV.

The draft can be compared to documents released by HIV response treatment and equity advocates calling for commitments to human rights, including one recently mentioned here, released by civil society organizations, and one released recently by MSMGF.

The release of the draft opens a brief window for feedback and input with member states set to begin informal review and discussions of the draft  April 25. The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations prepared a survey to collect responses that will close tomorrow, Thursday April 21, at 5 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Comments also can be sent to ICASO at HLM2016@icaso.org through Friday, April 22.

In addition, those wishing to supply feedback on the draft document can give direct feedback, by email, phone, or through in-person meetings with UN mission delegates in New York, and through civil society organizations communicating with government ministries in country capitals.

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