Addressed by Eliot Albers – Executive Director of International Network of People Who Use Drugs [INPUD]
Speaking on behalf of the International Network of People who Use Drugs, and looking at the UN system, it is clear that there is a chasm running through it, there are some serious discrepancies between the top lines taken by UNAIDS Secretariat and that taken by some co-sponsors. The rich discussion of the disastrous impacts of stigma and discrimination at the last thematic session seems to expose a lack of coherence in the UN system when it comes to addressing the epidemic amongst the injecting community. This chasm runs between, and separates Geneva where the PCB and the UNAIDS Secretariat sits, and Vienna, where the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is held. Ensuring system wide coherence when it comes to the health and human rights of people who use drugs is one potential side effect of the successes thus far of the HIV response.