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The Medicines Patent Pool, initiated by UNITAID with support from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has launched an open access database on existing patents for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
Information on patents and their legal status has been difficult to obtain by public health and non-profit organizations. This database offers the comprehensive data needed to increase access to medicines in developing countries by offering country-to-country patent information and encouraging voluntary licensing. The Pool hopes the information offered will help to increase competition and innovation, thus bringing down the price of treatment.
The database contains information on: who holds the patent; reference numbers for patent applications; expected dates of patent expiration; and in which countries the patents have been filed for, granted, withdrawn or do not apply.
New York, 8 April 2011—More than 400 civil society representatives have come together at the United Nations in New York for a one-day hearing on progress made in the HIV response. The event is an opportunity for United Nations Member States to engage with civil society representatives and people living with HIV to highlight some of the challenges, achievements and aspirations in the AIDS response and find new ways of moving forward.
Over the tragic 30-year arc of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, solid progress had been made in raising awareness about the disease and bringing down infection rates, but monies devoted to tackling it were drying up, the price of the drugs to treat it were skyrocketing, and rampant discrimination — particularly against gay men, and women living with HIV — had left at the margins of life-saving interventions communities critical to the fight, civil society representatives said at a Headquarters press conference today.
The consultation aimed to engage the voices of women living with and affected by HIV and other key populations of women in the lead up to the High Level Meeting on AIDS on June 8-10 in New York.
Five priorities emerged from the results: 1) access to comprehensive, integrated, and inclusive services: 2) solidarity; 3) gender equality; 4) safety; and 5) education, including comprehensive sexuality education.
Geneva, April 6, 2011—The UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights has called on UN Member States to reaffirm the focus on human rights that has driven thirty years of progress in the global HIV response. The 4-page statement sets out five non-negotiables for Member States as they negotiate the outcome document for the High-Level Meeting between now and June 8. It states that the outcome document should:
Reaffirm the emphasis on a human rights approach that mutually obliges rich and poor nations to fulfil the human right to health and that respects, protects and fulfils the human rights of people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS
Reaffirm Member States’ shared responsibility to realize the human right to health by setting clear targets for funding the HIV response from now until the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015
Commit to utilising, to the fullest extent possible, flexibilities under the TRIPS agreement to lower the price of essential medicines
Renew and reaffirm Member States’ commitment to the removal of laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to AIDS
Reaffirm the centrality of people living with HIV to the response as well as their human rights to non-discrimination, treatment as prevention, and meaningful participation
The UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights was established in 2002 to advise the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS on all matters relating to HIV and human rights. The Reference Group speaks with an independent voice; thus, its views do not necessarily reflect the views of the UNAIDS Secretariat or any of the UNAIDS Cosponsors.
The Global Commission on HIV and the Law announces call for submissions for the Latin America Regional Dialogue
The Regional Dialogue will take place on 26-27 June 2011 in the Latin America region. In addition to giving voice to regional and country perspectives on issues of HIV and the law, the dialogue aims to contribute to regional efforts for creating enabling legal environments which support effective HIV responses.
Civil Society Regional Consultation on Universal Access in West and Central Africa
3-4 March 2011, Dakar, Senegal
On the initiative of the African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO), International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA) and Enda Santé, with the support of the UNAIDS Regional Office for West and Central Africa, about fifty representatives from the main civil society organizations in West and Central Africa involved in the responses to HIV met on 28 February at the Pullman Hotel in Dakar (Senegal) in the framework of the regional consultation of the civil society on universal access.
Civil Society Hearing: Agenda, Speakers & Attendance
The agenda, list of speakers and information on participation during the Civil Society Hearing set for 8 April 2011 in New York are now ready. You can read the President of the General Assembly’s briefing for full details. The Civil Society Task Force has also published an update that includes an invitation to a civil society pre-meeting on 7April.
In lead-up to June High Level Meeting, progress report presents overview of efforts needed to help countries achieve universal access to HIV services and zero new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths.
NAIROBI, 31 March 2011—Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Titled Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the report highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child.
Briefing note from the office of the President of the General Assembly
Proposed arrangements for the informal interactive civil society hearing of the General Assembly on the 2011 comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS (8 April 2011, New York)
The Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regonal Consultation on Universal Access was held in Kiev, Ukraine from 16-18 March 2011. This consultation involved representatives from governments, national AIDS councils, parliamentarians, national and international civil society, PLHIV Networks, international organizations and donors. NGO Delegate Matthew Southwell, from the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), attended.
The meeting was closed by the statement of ECUO representative prepared on behalf of civil society networks which urged national governments, international agencies, the UN and donors to undertake urgent actions to stop the spread of the HIV epidemic and to scale up universal access in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
These regional consultations and their outcomes will assist in influencing the messaging of the reports and documents that will be produced at the upcoming Civil Society Hearing on 8 April 2011 and the High-Level Meeting on 10-11 June 2011, both in New York City.
Below is a joint statement from several organizations who participated in Kiev. You can download this statement in English and Russian.