By David Ruiz Villafranca, Senior Policy Advisor, Stop AIDS Allianc
This statement is made on behalf of Stop Aids Alliance and COC Netherlands.
We acknowledge UNAIDS’ role in positioning HIV and Aids within the post-2015 framework negotiations, and welcome the decision of the GA to convene a high-level meeting on HIV and Aids in 2016. We also applaud the efforts of civil society and the NGO delegation to make this happen and support given by member states.
We want to highlight four messages in relation to the Post 2015 agenda:
- The need for a strong, ambitious and measurable AIDS targets in line with the common vision of the three zeros. We remain concerned, that the last report of the Open Working Group, HIV has not received the necessary attention and that sexual rights, sexuality education, gender identity risk to disappear from the agenda.
- The need for a stronger human rights based post-2015 Framework, with specific attention to marginalized, excluded and stigmatized populations, in particular under the health and the equality goals. We are very concerned that human rights of key-populations are not given the appropriate place in this discussion. And this will have strong and negative impact on HIV responses at all levels.
- Equity must be a fundamental part of the targets of Universal Health Coverage. UHC should have a specific focus on reaching marginalized, excluded and stigmatized people in order to ensure truly universal access. It is unacceptable that people most affected by HIV, including gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs are not accessing the services they need out of fear of arrest, persisting stigma and discrimination or violence. We are concerned that the emphasis on marginalised people has been deleted from the UHC target in the report of the OWG.
- The AIDS response has shown us that a multi-sectoral approach and engagement of communities is crucial, and this has to be reflected in the new Framework through explicit support for community system strengthening. The GIPA principle must be at the core in shaping the future development agenda; and communities and civil society should be actively heard and engaged in the different forums.
We call upon UNAIDS to continue its leading role in engaging communities all levels (key-populations, PLHIV): by providing technical support, mobilizing financial resources, enabling legal environments for KPs and by convening governments to make sure that “ending Aids” is a reality, and that indeed “no-one is left behind”.