UNAIDS PCB and Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Mat Southwell, NGO Delegate for Europe & Project Manager INPUD
The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a global organization defending the rights and promoting the health of people who use drugs on the world stage.
On November 29th, the PCB NGO Delegates distributed a sign on letter calling for the attention of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS to important points from civil society, in response to the Second Independent Evaluation (SIE). This letter was supported by 151 civil society organizations, even within the short deadline of just under one week.
Takes note of the outcomes of the thematic segment on “People on the move –forced displacement and migrant populations” as contained in the rapporteurs’ reports to the Board plenary and requests UNAIDS to include such outcomes in its future work and to report on progress to a future Programme Coordinating Board meeting in line with its general reporting on activities
Requests the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors to ensure that staff at global, regional and national levels facilitate the incorporation of mobile populations, including migrants and forcibly displaced persons, into regional and national AIDS strategies to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services, paying particular attention to HIV-specific restrictions on entry, stay and residence to ensure that people living with HIV are not excluded, detained or deported on the basis of HIV status
Requests the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors to support governments in harmonizing all laws and policies on HIV testing to ensure adherence to internationally accepted standards that include: informed consent, confidentiality, pre and post-test counseling, and proper referral to treatment, care and support services