HIV—unfinished business in the Post-2015 Agenda

GNP+, New York, 22 January 2015 - "As the first of the official intergovernmental negotiations for the post-2015 development agenda conclude this week at the United Nations in New York, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) urge world leaders to ensure that HIV-related targets remain central in the new sustainable development agenda.

In particular, clear, rights-based indicators and lines of accountability for promoting the rights of women living with HIV and key populations must accompany the targets under the health goal, especially those specific to HIV.

We welcome the United Nations Secretary General’s call in the recently released synthesis report The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet,[1] to not leave anyone behind in the new development agenda, including the most vulnerable. As networks of people living with HIV know far too well, the world can never end the AIDS epidemic if those most vulnerable and marginalised are left behind—including young women, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs, children, young people and adolescents, migrants and people in prisons. (...)

Suzette Moses-Burton, Executive Director of GNP+, says: “It is people living with HIV who have driven the progress on AIDS, and this principle of involvement needs to be kept alive and harnessed beyond 2015. Critically, the focus on HIV must be placed within a framework of the right to health for all people living with HIV, including key populations, who are often denied their fundamental rights and are criminalised in many countries.”


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