2021 UNESC Resolution on UNAIDS

30 July 2021

Analysis of precedential value

The United Nations Eco­nomic and Social Coun­cil (UNESC) serves as the UN’s cen­tral forum for advanc­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment’s eco­nomic, social and envi­ron­men­tal dimen­sions. It is com­posed of 54 Mem­ber States elected reg­u­larly by the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

This res­o­lu­tion was adopted after a pro­posal from the Pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil, Munir Akram (Pak­istan), on the basis of infor­mal con­sul­ta­tions.

Used as precedent

access to health products

Calls for urgent action and part­ner­ship by Mem­ber States, the United Nations sys­tem, civil soci­ety, local com­mu­ni­ties, the pri­vate sec­tor and other stake­hold­ers to scale up evi­dence-based HIV pre­ven­tion, test­ing, treat­ment, care and reten­tion ser­vices, includ­ing access to safe, effec­tive, qual­ity and afford­able med­i­cines, includ­ing gener­ics, to ensure that those ser­vices reach the peo­ple who need them the most, includ­ing ado­les­cent girls and young women as well as key pop­u­la­tions that epi­demi­o­log­i­cal evi­dence shows to be glob­ally at higher risk of HIV infec­tion, and chil­dren liv­ing with HIV, who have poorer HIV treat­ment cov­er­age than adults and com­prise a higher rel­a­tive pro­por­tion of AIDS-related deaths.Urges Mem­ber States to urgently remove, where fea­si­ble, obsta­cles that limit the capac­ity of low- and mid­dle-income coun­tries to pro­vide afford­able and effec­tive HIV pre­ven­tion and treat­ment prod­ucts, diag­nos­tics, med­i­cines and com­modi­ties and other phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts.

gender equality, human rights

Calls for rein­vig­o­rated efforts to pro­tect human rights and pro­mote gen­der equal­ity in the con­text of HIV and to address social risk fac­tors, includ­ing gen­der-based vio­lence and domes­tic vio­lence, includ­ing inti­mate part­ner vio­lence, which can be under­stood dif­fer­ently in dif­fer­ent con­texts, as well as social and eco­nomic deter­mi­nants of health, with the aim of reduc­ing health inequities within and among coun­tries.