On 8 June, at the ‘High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS’ the Member States of the United Nations adopted the ‘Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.’ The meeting is one of the most influential gatherings of the international community on the issue of HIV/AIDS and occurs every five years.
“ADF International fully
endorses the underlying aim of the Political Declaration adopted this year,
namely to end the AIDS epidemic,” said Elyssa Koren, Director of UN Advocacy for
ADF International. “Unfortunately, UNAIDS and some Member States took the
opportunity to try and advance so-called ‘sexual rights’ and other agendas in
direct contravention to the will and sovereignty of the majority of countries.
It is unacceptable to pursue controversial ideologies at the expense of the
millions who suffer as a result of HIV/AIDS.”
"Although certain [UN] Member States fought tirelessly for the inclusion of
a reference to “reproductive rights” tied to “human rights,” this
ultimately was rejected. “Reproductive rights are in no way part of the
internationally recognized body of human rights,” said Koren.
“Member States were clear on the fact that responsible sexual
behaviour affirming the innate dignity of every person has proven most
successful in ending AIDS in their respective national contexts.
Regrettably, so-called ‘UN-experts’ took the liberty of warning Member
States against the inclusion of any language on abstinence or fidelity
in the document, incorrectly asserting that these terms are
representative of a ‘failed social experiment.’”