A High-Level Failure for the United Nations on Key Populations

According to Global Forum on MSM and HIV, the NSWP, GATE, MSMGF, and others, are deeply disappointed by the adoption of a flawed Political Declaration at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS (HLM). The Political Declaration inexcusably fails to meaningfully address the HIV epidemic among key populations, including gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, and transgender people.

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Muslim states block gay groups from U.N. AIDS meeting

Egypt on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, submitted a request to the presidency of the UN General Assembly to block the participation of 11 LGBT organizations from attending a high-level meeting next month on ending AIDS, reports Reuters. The document sparked a protest by Canada and the European Union.

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Living with AIDS in Pakistan

According to Himal SouthAsian, there is a huge stigma against HIV positive and AIDS patients in Pakistan. “Many people, especially in rural area, still think that it is a contagious disease and they stop interacting with HIV-positive people”, they said. The information is part of a webserie that has been published on the website.

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On UMICs United Nations Secretary General should be ashamed…

Matthew Kavanagh, from Health Global Access Project, analyzed with severe words the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General for the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. According to him, “the current UNSG’s report includes a table that calls for a dramatic pullout of international funding from Upper-Middle Income Countries (UMICs)”. United Nations Secretary General should be ashamed…

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