After delegates release improved declaration, summit-goers hunker down to the final details
Mavasa (left) and Tienudom blast the (now revised) UNGASS draft this morning
Well, the revolt didn't happen. But don't exhale yet.
Last night, we reported that civil-society delegates (a fancy word for representatives of the worldwide AIDS community) were so disgusted with the "political declaration" on AIDS being drafted by national delegates at a big U.N. summit this week that they were threatening to walk out on the process. Many of their concerns were eloquently echoed in this New York Times op-ed they managed to get printed this morning.
Those so-called "CS" folks were slamming yesterday's draft of the declaration—which is supposed to set a course for fighting the pandemic through 2011—because it completely lacked concrete targets for treatment and prevention as well as explicit language on the importance of reaching out to "vulnerable populations"—a euphemistic catch-all for groups that conservatives worldwide would rather not acknowledge: men who have sex with men (sometimes called gays), injection-drug users, and sex workers.
CSers crowd in to analyze today's new declaration draft
The draft was so bad it actually was a step backward from the original 2001 declaration of commitment on AIDS, they were saying...
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