Originally posted by UNAIDS.
UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures met with civil society leaders on 07 May in New York at a strategic planning meeting cohosted by UNAIDS in collaboration with the Civil Society Working Group on AIDS in the Post-2015 Development Process.
The objective of the meeting was to identify strategies and synergies with the work of governments and civil society partners in order to secure bold targets towards reducing new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths.
Civil society activists emphasized that HIV must have a prominent place in the post-2015 development framework and that promoting and protecting the human rights of all people, ending stigma and discrimination, and promoting equality must be central principles of all post-2015 development goals. Dr Loures stressed the central role that advocates must play in setting the post-2015 agenda.
"The UN Secretary-General has made a strong call that “no one will be left behind” and yet we witness a growth of conservative forces from many parts of the world, pushing back on women’s reproductive rights, safe abortion, gender identity and recognition of the rights of people who use drugs, gays, lesbians, transgender people and sex workers. This highlights the importance of our collective activism as we develop the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that rights are a reality for all."
“Activism is what brought the AIDS response to where it is today. We cannot go to the end of the AIDS epidemic without communities at the centre, driving the global community to set a post-2105 development agenda that respects rights and ensures equitable access to services for all, especially people on the margins of society.”