As leaders of the HIV response gather in New York on June 8-10 for the 2016 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, we have an opportunity to envision how the global HIV response will contribute to the achievement of the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Reversing the tide of HIV, TB and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), where far less progress has been made so far than in other parts of the world will be essential in order to achieve the SDGs. "After the UNGASS on drugs failed to provide a strong leadership in reforming drug laws and scaling up harm reduction as a response to HIV, hepatitis C and overdose epidemics that devastate public health in our region, now it is up to the High Level Meeting on AIDS to show wisdom to the world. It is impossible to end AIDS by 2030 without facing the elephant in the room, that is, repressive drug policies." Peter Sarosi, ENRN RC co-chair
Since 1 April 2014 the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has been implementing the three-year Regional Program ‘Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!’, which receives financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The goal of the Regional Program is to strengthen advocacy by civil society, including people who use drugs (PWUD), for sufficient, strategic and sustainable investments in harm reduction as HIV prevention in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. An Oversight Committee (OC) established by the EHRN Steering Committee in 2014 oversees implementation of the Regional Program, including the use of financial resources, and provides recommendations for problem-solving and improving implementation. In February - March 2016 the fourth set of oversight visits was held. This report highlights the main conclusions and results of these visits
List of Amendments to the draft UNGASS Outcome Document (version released on February 25, 2016). Prepared by EHRN based on Joint Position Statement From EHRN and ENPUD for UNGASS on the World Drug Problem.
The main objective of country-level consultations is to provide an opportunity to discuss a joint position among the government institutions, public health, law enforcement and civil society stakeholders for the UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem. This joint position can be reflected in country’s statements during the UNGASS 2016 on World Drug Problem, as well as the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
DRAFT OUTCOME DOCUMENT (14 JANUARY 2016) UNGASS 2016: Our joint commitment in addressing the world drug problem prepared by the UNGASS Board for consideration by the CND
UNGASS 2016 is a key opportunity for the international community to take stock of the achievements of the international drug control system to date, to elaborate on the immense challenges that remain in the global, national and local response to the world drug problem and to find feasible, operational and sustainable solutions for the longer term within the framework of the international treaties.
At the high-level segment of the fifty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held on 11 and 12 March 2009, Heads of State, ministers and government representatives from 132 States gathered to evaluate progress made since 1998 towards meeting the goals and targets established at the twentieth special session of the General Assembly, devoted to countering the world drug problem together; to identify future priorities and areas requiring further action and goals and targets to be established for drug control beyond 2009; and to adopt a political declaration and other measures to enhance international cooperation.
Zhannat Kosmukhamedova, PPT Presentation: WHAT IS THE GLOBAL PROCESS OF DRUG POLICY MAKING AND WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF 2016 UNGASS ON DRUGS?
EHRN in the framework of the EHRN regional programme “Harm Reduction Works - Fund it!” has developed a training module: “Community Led Budget Advocacy” in the field of harm reduction. The module contains of a detailed plan of the training, explicit instructions to conduct the sessions, presentations, additional materials written in simple and clear language, which can be used by both professionals and trainers from among the community. It is easy to adapt this training module for the needs of other key communities involved in the budget advocacy in the field of HIV. The objectives of the training include build of understanding community’s role in advocacy process, to practice use of various tools of advocacy, to build capacity of PWUD initiative groups to conduct advocacy. The training program includes components such as key methods and effective approaches to advocacy in various countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia; specifics of the budget advocacy in the region, the main stages of the budget process and the possibility for the citizens to influence it; assurance of the effective participation of communities in advocacy at the national and municipal levels.
This is a summary report for the project “Strengthening the response of non-state actors to growing needs of women who use drugs”. The project was implemented in January 2012 - June 2015 with support from the European Commission. It was implemented by harm reduction organizations in six countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The goal of the project was to build the capacity of non-state actors to engage in advocacy and provide services to women drug users that increase their access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.