Over 15 participants representing the community of people who use drugs and the academia with an expertise in public health, human rights, prisons and closed settings attended a two-day multi-stakeholder consultation.

Virtual consultation “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services for people who use drugs who are living with or are vulnerable to HIV” was organized on the occasion of the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs by the UNODC HIV/AIDS Section in close collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS), World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD).

On behalf of all co-organizers of this meetings, Ms Fariba Soltani, the Chief of HIV/AIDS Section and Global Coordinator for HIV/AIDS, underlined in her opening remarks that with a help of this meeting the organizers are aiming to put together the key lessons learned from the intersecting HIV and the COVID-19 pandemics and support member states in identifying strategic actions to be implemented at a global, regional and country level.