Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien MP, official launched the position paper, Towards Zero Infections: the UK’s position paper on HIV in the developing world (May 2011), at the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS this week.
Anton Kerr, head of policy at the Alliance said ‘We are really pleased to see that DFID has reaffirmed their focus on prevention, key populations and integration – priorities that are shared within the Alliance.’
The new paper outlines DFID’s ambition to ‘be a voice for key populations internationally.’
‘The Alliance is pleased to be a key civil society partner for DFID in our joint efforts to achieve policy change, especially in concentrated epidemics. The Alliance believes that a strong human rights based approach is critical to reducing the HIV epidemic, and welcomes the leadership role the UK has played to secure a commitment to human rights in the Political Declaration from the High Level Meeting on AIDS taking place in New York this week ,’ said Kerr.
DFID have demonstrated this commitment this week by co-hosting (with the South African government) a side event at the High Level Meeting around ‘A dialogue on HIV and human rights’. This event provided a platform for four key population representatives to outline the main challenges in the HIV response from their own perspectives.
‘Through DFID’s support, we are able to strengthen civil society capacity to engage and influence global and national policy discussions. We will continue to bring the voice of communities into international debates on HIV, health and social policy.’
The new paper outlines DFID's ambition to be a voice for key populations internationally