MSMGF, in partnership with UNAIDS, established the first ever advocacy platform to advise UN agencies and bilateral donors on fast-tracking the global HIV and human rights responses for gay, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men. ECOM, represented by Executive Director Vitaly Djuma, is happy to be the part of the platform and contribute with expert knowledge on EECA region.

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Photo: courtesy of UNAIDS

The first meeting of a new advisory body, the Global Platform to Fast-Track HIV Responses among Gay Men, Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (Global Platform), was convened by UNAIDS and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 and 13 January 2016. Through the Global Platform, members will provide strategic advice to United Nations agencies and other stakeholders on HIV programme needs and priorities for gay men and other men who have sex with men to urgently address the rising HIV epidemic worldwide among this population.

New infections among gay men and other men who have sex with men are increasing in all regions of the world, while access to HIV prevention and treatment services remains low in many countries, partially due to inefficient investment in HIV prevention. National HIV strategic plans and prevention and treatment programmes often fail to target gay men and other men who have sex with men. Punitive laws and policies, violence and human rights violations all fuel vulnerability to HIV.

The participants of the meeting included representatives of regional networks of men who have sex with men, civil society organizations, the Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Elton John Foundation, youth groups, people living with HIV, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the private sector and UNAIDS.

Based on the release by UNAIDS.