Despite the existence of human rights obligations and policy commitments, HIV-related stigma and discrimination continues to be widespread around the world and in all sectors of society.
Following a call from civil society in 2017 to accelerate and scale up action to address stigma and discrimination, UNAIDS, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) agreed to co-convene the Global Partnership to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination.
The global partnership was launched on 10 December on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, during an event in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel of people speaking at the event included Phanpob Plangprayoon, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Dan Namarika, the Secretary for Health of Malawi, Raquel Duarte, the Deputy Minister of Health of Portugal, and Simran Shaikh, a community representative to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).
The panellists presented programmes that have proved to be effective in reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the areas in which the global partnership will focus—health care, schools, the workplace, the family, justice systems and emergency and humanitarian settings.