Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying Our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS (A/RES/65/277)

57. Commit to continue engaging people living with and affected by HIV in decision-making and planning, implementing and evaluating the response, and to partner with local leaders and civil society, including community-based organizations, to develop and scale up community-led HIV services and to address stigma and discrimination.
  • Harm reduction
  • Civil society engagement

59. Commit to redouble HIV-prevention efforts by taking all measures to implement comprehensive, evidence-based prevention approaches, taking into account local circumstances, ethics and cultural values, including through, but not limited to: (…)

(d) Expanding access to essential commodities, particularly male and female condoms and sterile injecting equipment (…)

(h) Giving consideration, as appropriate, to implementing and expanding risk- and harm-reduction programmes, taking into account the WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS Technical Guide for Countries to Set Targets for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care for Injecting Drug Users, in accordance with national legislation (…)

63. Commit to working towards reducing transmission of HIV among people who inject drugs by 50 per cent by 2015;

  • Harm reduction

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The major innovation in this declaration was the setting of the 50% reduction target and the listing of people who inject as a key population. That target will be missed by 80%, according to UNAIDS.

Another innovation was the listing of key affected populations, including people who inject drugs.

‘Harm reduction’ was also retained from previous HIV declarations, although relatively weak in its formulation

See para 5 of CND Res 56/6 from 2013 which contains stronger language on the Technical Guide

  • Harm reduction