UN: UN human rights council adopts resolution on AIDS response

New York, US (PANA) - At its 30th session, held in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN Human Rights Council took a significant step towards reaffirming that human rights are central to the AIDS response, a UN statement said on Tuesday.

The statement, made available to PANA in New York, stated that the human rights council adopted the resolution, which called for a panel discussion to be held in March 2016 on the progress and challenges of human rights in the AIDS epidemic.

It said the panel will also mark the 20th anniversary of the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.  

The resolution also called for the UN Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a summary of the panel discussion for submission to the UN General Assembly next year, ahead of the High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York.

The resolution was submitted by Brazil, Colombia, Portugal and Thailand and was co-sponsored by around 70 countries from all regions of the world.

The statement also quoted the Council's resolution as stating: "Ending the AIDS epidemic will not be possible without renewed attention to the human rights both of people living with HIV and of key populations."

"This resolution puts the UNAIDS vision of zero discrimination firmly onto the Human Rights Council agenda in the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS," it noted.
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06 october 2015 14:42:56




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