06 Jul 2018

GNP+ In Action: Meeting of the Global Partnership for Action to End All Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination

GNP+, NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB Lead the First Global Community Consultation to Advance Commitments to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) together with the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), with support from UN Women and the UNAIDS Secretariat, co-facilitated the first global community consultation on how to accelerate global commitments agreed to end all forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland. Held at the UNAIDS Headquarters from the 29th to the 30th of June, twenty-eight representatives from global and national key population networks, community groups, civil society organisations gathered to brainstorm and refine a plan of action.

The proposal towards the creation of a global convening, initially coined as the “Global Compact”, transpired at the 41st UNAIDS PCB meeting as a proposal of the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB. The idea was for the UNAIDS Secretariat and partners to facilitate a global convening towards the elimination of HIV-related stigma and discrimination that persists in closing prevention, testing, and treatment gaps. This call to action was taken and financial support was provided by UN Women and the UNAIDS Secretariat, as co-convenors, joined later by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and UNDP.

The Geneva meeting provided a good opportunity for global and national key population networks, community groups, and civil society to discuss in detail and agree on the objectives of the Global Compact, identify its scope of action, and frame a global plan of action. Learning from the Global Prevention Coalition and the 90-90-90 treatment targets, the Global Compact recognizes the need to translate international commitments into country level action. This crucial step is now being done through a joint partnership of different stakeholders from the global to the country level, with people living with HIV and key population communities front and center in these discussions. An equally important objective of this initiative is the generation of data and measures that will track the progress towards reaching the zero-discrimination agenda.

The global community consultation ended with plans to include opportunities that will build the interest around this global partnership. Further, all the participants agreed to change the name “Global Compact” to the Global Partnership for Action to End All Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination. As an immediate next step, we are planning a series of national consultations which will take place before the end of this year.

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