Addressed by Mat Southwell – HIV/Drugs Consultant of IDPC
In the last meeting concerns were raised by Civil Society and a number of other stakeholders about UNODC’s weak engagement with Civil Society and apparent ambivalence with accepted global norms for responding to HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID).
Commitments were made by UNODC’s new GAC at the last PCB and I want to report back on positive progress.
A sustained and constructive dialogue has developed between UNODC and drugs Civil Society. UNODC hosted a consultation with drugs Civil Society in Vienna on 21 February. This led to a 15 point action plan that was followed through in a second meeting that took place this month at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius.
Of course there remain areas for development and areas of difference but these are now held within a constructive and sustained dialogue.
IDPC would like to thank Aldo Lale Demoz as UNODC GAC and Monica Begg as Head of UNDOC HIV Team for their leadership.
We look forward to an ongoing and constructive dialogue with UNODC as this engagement unfolds.