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HRC31: Denmark's Statement  - Panel debate on HIV/AIDS, 11.03.2016 

HRC31: Denmark's Statement  - Panel debate on HIV/AIDS


Statement by Denmark
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Mr. Moderator, Distinguished Panelists,
Denmark fully aligns itself with the statement given on by the European Union.
We welcome today's discussion on human rights and HIV/AIDS – an ambitious fast-track response is required to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

The international response to HIV/AIDS has made tremendous progress and can report many positive results. Still infections among certain, particularly exposed and vulnerable population groups, continue to rise, predominantly due to discrimination. The UNAIDS GAP report points us to where we need to focus attention. Closing the gaps identified in the report involves meeting the right of everyone to be able to access information, services and treatment without fear of stigma, discrimination and punishment.

Promoting and protecting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all individuals is imperative. We must address and tackle issues like gender based violence, including rape and child, early and forced marriage. We must meet the huge unmet demand for information and services, including contraception. And we must ensure that especially vulnerable and marginalized groups such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and injecting drug users are able to access services in a people-centered, inclusive, non-stigmatizing and non-discriminatory manner. 

We know how HIV disproportionally affects adolescent girls and young women. In sub-Saharan Africa this is now the leading cause of death among adolescent girls. We need to fight the root causes of this. Young people have the right to be equipped with the knowledge and means to protect themselves from HIV infection.

Access to comprehensive sexuality education for youth in and out of school as well as access to youth friendly services is essential. This will enable them make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive lives and thus shape their futures in terms of education, employment and family.

We have the knowledge – what is required now is action. In this regard, we welcome the new UNAIDS strategy which places strong emphasis on meeting the human rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized population groups and has an overarching goal of eliminating HIV-related discrimination.

Thank you.