07 Dec 2018

Kick off launch event for the Global Partnership For Action to Eliminate all Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNDP, UN Women and the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation is pleased to announce the official launch event for the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination (Global Partnership).

The event will take place today, 10 December, Human Rights Day, at the UNAIDS Building Foyer in Geneva Switzerland from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and will be broadcast live online on the UNAIDS Facebook page.

Across communities and borders, stigma and discrimination continues to be the number one issue identified by people living with HIV as a concern. Stigma remains a major barrier to accessing treatment and care, to adhering to treatment and to living a high quality life. Discrimination places people living with HIV and key populations in danger in their day-to-day lives by destroying families and communities, causing economic hardship and violating basic human rights.

The Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination aims to catalyze and accelerate implementation of commitments established in the 2016 Political Declaration and made to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination by Member States, UN agencies, bilateral and international donors, NGOs and communities as essential for ending AIDS as part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The aim of the work is to maximize the reach and impact of HIV prevention, treatment, testing and treatment programmes in countries by eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination in key settings in the context of urgent efforts to FastTrack the achievement of the 2020 targets. The global partnership’s goal is to reach zero HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

“As we usher in a new year, the HIV community must recommit and redouble our efforts to fighting HIV-related stigma and discrimination, in tandem with addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, gender based violence and other prejudices that fuel the worldwide HIV epidemic”,  says Javier Hourcade Bellocq, GNP+ Board Chair.  “GNP+ is pleased to be a co-convenor of this critical and ground-breaking Global Partnership that seeks to transform our communities best strategies, tactics and mechanisms for addressing and measuring HIV-related stigma and discrimination into actionable and accountable global targets and goals for Member States.”

All countries and partners committed with the HIV response and human rights principles are encouraged to join the global partnership and use their collective strength to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination. For more information about the launch event or for ways that you can get involved in this important initiative please visit www.gnpplus.net

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