UN: UNAIDS urges inclusion of civil society groups at UN meeting on ending AIDS

New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has stressed the need for the inclusion and full participation of civil society organizations at the 2016 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, holding from 8 to 10 June in New York.

PANA in New York reports that the high-level meeting will be attended by world leaders,
government representatives, HIV programme officials, civil society organizations and the media from across the world, to chart the way forward to ending AIDS, as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A UNAIDS statement on Thursday, said: "It is crucial that the voices and perspectives of individuals and civil society organizations be heard at this High-Level meeting on ending AIDS."

"This should also include the voices of people living with HIV and people most affected by the epidemic, including women and girls, sex workers, people who use drugs, gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people," it stated.

It stressed that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on the ground to ensure that no one is left behind must have the opportunity to contribute to this important forum.

The statement also noted that the Millennium Development Goal 6 of halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic and reaching the historic milestone of 15 million people on treatment by 2015 could not have been reached without the meaningful engagement and participation of people living with and affected by HIV.

"The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS should be guided by the principles on which the successes of the AIDS response are built, which is inclusion, participation and dignity, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter, and the doors of the United Nations should be open to all," it added.
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19 mai 2016 15:03:02

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