By Harm Reduction International. Harm Reduction International has examined the draft UNGASS outcome document and has serious concerns surrounding the harm reduction/HIV language that we want to bring to your attention.If adopted in its present form, the current language represents a significant step backwards both from previously agreed commitments and language, within CND (such as resolution 56/6), HIV fora (in particular the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV) and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3, targets 3.3 and 3.5).

It is important to protect the gains previously made on our core issues, and ensure they are not undermined as a result of the UNGASS process. This is especially true as the harm reduction sector seeks to establish new targets in HIV prevention among people who use drugs at the upcoming High Level Meeting on HIV, held only a few weeks after the UNGASS.

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