The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) stands in support of the HIV2020 conference in Mexico City, which has been created in solidarity with communities who are unable or unwilling to participate in AIDS2020, which will be taking place in the United States.
HIV2020 is an alternative event led by key population networks – following the decision to hold AIDS2020 in San Francisco and Oakland, meaning that many individuals (including people who use drugs) will be unable to attend due to US laws and the Trump administration’s discriminatory immigration laws, detention and family separation policies, and deteriorating human rights conditions.
HIV2020 is informed by a mutually agreed upon set of values and principles:
- Diversity: ensuring diverse voices are heard and reflected, including the broadening of GIPA principles to ensure the meaningful involvement of key populations. ‘Nothing about us, without us.'
- Community-led programs and solutions that amplify community voices and show community commitments to global health and human rights responses.
- Innovation: ensuring communities are equal partners (or leaders) in new research, tools, policies and strategies.
- Linking global, regional and local networks through activities that strengthen global, regional and national advocacy for local impact.
IDPC has already formally endorsed the conference and supports the INPUD Statement. More information about the event can be found on the official website – https://www.hiv2020.org/ – as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.