The recent Beirut International Harm Reduction Conference (April 3-8, 2011) had a major focus on the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, scheduled for June 2011. A major outcome of the conference was the Beirut Declaration, a statement calling for this special UN session to undertake, among other things, an acknowledgment of the failures in reaching universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support among drug users; and to acknowledge the role of the criminalization of drug users in reaching this goal.
The declaration was published in the Lancet to coincide with the conference.
The Beirut Declaration has the potential to be a key document for NGOs, affected communities, and advocacy organizations to use in the lead up and during the June 2011 UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, and we at the ICSDP strongly encourage everyone to endorse it. You can endorse the declaration on the Harm Reduction International website by clicking here.