UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Video Commentary by Stephen Lewis
Co-Director, AIDS-Free World

This week at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, member states agreed to ambitious new targets for HIV treatment and prevention. But some countries marred the global harmony by blocking language recognizing the importance of so-called key populations for treating and preventing HIV. In particular, Russia, Iran, Indonesia and a group of Gulf States pushed for silence on the need to repeal discriminatory and punitive laws affecting sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men.

The international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World offers weekly video commentaries by Stephen Lewis addressing the latest news in global public health. The HIV Here & Now Project is pleased to begin sharing Lewis’s commentaries. This week’s commentary focuses on last week’s UN meeting and the controversy over omitting reference to key populations.

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