Russia backs UN declaration in opposition to HIV/AIDS however warns of problematic provisions pushed by Western governments


While Russia helps the purpose of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic by 2030, because the UN General Assembly declared, the way in which to take action just isn’t by means of usurpations of energy or legalizing prostitution and drug use, Moscow has warned.

Russia finally backed the political decision of the General Assembly on HIV/AIDS, adopted on Tuesday, however solely after plenty of “controversial and contradictory” ideas had been eliminated, Moscow’s everlasting mission to the UN mentioned on Wednesday.

Among the ideas championed by Western governments had been “comprehensive education in the field of sexuality, sexual rights, and deprivation of parental rights over the sexual and reproductive health of children.” Unfortunately, proposals by Russia and like-minded nations for selling wholesome life and household values whereas rejecting unilateral sanctions that bypass the UN Security Council didn’t make the ultimate minimize both.

The declaration doesn’t give ample significance to abstinence in treating drug dependancy, whereas selling the Western-championed opioid substitution as a substitute. The last draft additionally included calls for to revise nationwide laws that restricts prostitution and drug use, “under pressure from Western states,” the Russian mission mentioned.

Another objection from Moscow was that the mandate of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) was “interpreted broadly,” focusing not on medical and social parts however on “controversial concepts in the field of human rights” not universally accepted.

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However, Russia absolutely helps “a number of constructive elements” within the declaration, such because the 95% goal for testing, remedy and suppression of viral load, efforts to forestall HIV transmission from moms to kids, combating discrimination in opposition to folks living with the virus, and campaigns to lift consciousness of the illness.

The “95-95-95” approach goals to finish the AIDS epidemic by 2030. UN member states have additionally dedicated to decreasing new HIV infections to beneath 370,000 per 12 months and annual AIDS-related deaths to beneath 250,000 by 2025.

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