We have just posted ITPC’s response to the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS here. “How can you try to ‘end AIDS’ by completely ignoring and refusing to even acknowledge the people most affected by HIV? How do you collectively cement an Intellectual Property system that continues to make medicines unaffordable?”
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is deeply disappointed with the outcome of the Political Declaration “On the Fast-Track to End the AIDS epidemic” adopted yesterday (8 June 2016) by the United Nation (UN) Assembly at the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS.
Weeks before the meeting, the tone was set by member states when they refused to give accreditation to 22 organizations representing LGBT, sex workers, youth and people who use drugs. The declaration negotiation process has been marked with polarization of member states defending extreme positions based on political, religious and cultural values rather than science and evidence based interventions. The UN decided to use the silence procedure putting forward a draft declaration for member states to take/or leave without any further negotiations, unless a country decided to break the silence. Within the little space given to civil society in the process, AIDS activists lobbied moderate member states to “break the silence” and reopen the negotiations of the political declaration to secure essential progress… Read more here http://itpcglobal.org/un-
Solange L. Baptiste
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) - Global Team