40th PCB Meeting
Agenda 9: Thematic Segment: HIV Prevention 2020: a global partnership for delivery
To be delivered by: Trevor Stratton, North American delegate
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recently recommended that the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues, sponsor an expert group meeting on HIV/AIDS by 2019, which would include the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, to analyse the sociocultural and economic determinants of health for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in indigenous communities, with the Forum’s collaboration, in order to ensure the realization of target 3.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Permanent Forum also recommended that States collaborate with indigenous peoples to ensure adequate resources to design and fully implement HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C programs that address the social, economic and cultural determinants of health for HIV prevention, care and treatment in indigenous populations, in particular indigenous women and youth.
My question is: how legitimate is UNAIDS for Indigenous Peoples? How can UNAIDS work with member states and Indigenous Peoples to scale up primary prevention?