Civil Society and Communities Declaration to End HIV and AIDS: Human Rights Must Come First

Civil Society and Communities Declaration to End HIV and AIDS: Human Rights Must Come First

The 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS has just been adopted by 193 Member States at the UN General Assembly in New York last June 8, 2016, but key population communities and civil society are disappointed and dismayed with how ideology, bigotry, and religious and cultural conservatism has played in adopting what supposedly is a document that aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Youth LEAD is in solidarity with key population communities and civil society organizations around the world supports the Civil Society and Communities Declaration on HIV/AIDS to highlight and emphasize that key to ending the AIDS epidemic is by naming men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use and inject drugs, transgender people, and young key populations consistently in the Declaration.

Specifically, civil society and key population communities worldwide calls on Member States the following:

• Stronger commitments for funding and tailored service access for key populations, regardless of where they live

• Consistent commitments to respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights, gender equality and the rights of key populations and of women and girls

• Commitments to implementing full sexual and reproductive health and rights, including comprehensive sexuality education and sexual rights

• Strengthened language on commitments to funding for civil society and community engagement

• Clear assertions that meaningful participation of people living with and affected by HIV is central to local, national, and global HIV responses

• Commit to fully optimize the use of existing flexibilities under the TRIPS Agreement specifically geared to promoting access to and trade in medicines, including through easier to use and effective mechanisms

Youth LEAD, along with other key population networks and organizations around the world, is committed to  remain vigilant and will continue this fight towards inclusion and make Member States more accountable in order to make the end of the global AIDS epidemic possible.

Youth LEAD is the Asia Pacific Regional Network of Adolescent and Young Key Populations