Meetings and events
One-day consultation on promotion and protection of human rights in the context of HIV and AIDS
25 October 2010 10:00 – 18:00
Palais des Nations, Salle XVII Geneva
Convened pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 12/27
“The protection of human rights in the context of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)”
The Human Rights Council adopted resolution 12/27 of 22 October 2009, which, inter alia, called upon all States, United Nations programmes and specialized agencies, and international and non-governmental organizations to continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS, as referred to in the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, as an essential part of efforts to achieve the goals of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In the same resolution, the Council requested the Secretary-General to prepare an analytical study based on comments from Governments, UN organs, programmes and specialized agencies (particularly the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), in cooperation with relevant bodies of the United Nations system, including the Office of the High Commissioner, and international and non-governmental organizations, on steps taken to promote and implement programmes to address HIV/AIDS-related human rights. The report will be submitted to HRC for its consideration at its sixteenth session in March, 2011.
Pursuant to this, OHCHR, in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNDP, will be holding a one-day consultation to facilitate and contribute to the preparation of the Secretary-General’s report. The analytical study should provide an opportunity for more in-depth analysis of progress and challenges in addressing human rights in the response to HIV, and in particular, meeting the 2010 universal access targets that Member States set for themselves in the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
Objectives of the consultation/report
- To raise awareness about pertinent human rights issues in the context of HIV and AIDS, with a particular focus on the experiences of individuals living with and affected by HIV, and communities heavily impacted by the epidemic;
- To assess progress and challenges in addressing human rights in the response to HIV, and in relation to progress towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; and
- To illustrate the clear linkages between the promotion and protection of the human rights of women, young people, persons with disabilities, and other key populations affected by HIV, and success in effectively responding to the epidemic.
To support the attainment of these objectives, OHCHR requested written replies to a questionnaire developed in the context of the resolution, and will organise a one-day consultation. The written inputs and the deliberations of the consultation will provide the basis of the report. The agenda of the consultation is structured in such a way to provide inputs that illustrate successes and challenges in addressing human rights in national HIV responses, with a particular focus on the perspectives and experiences of people living with and affected by HIV.