UN agencies to promote the rights of people living with HIVListen /
United Nations agencies in Geneva have launched a campaign to promote the rights of people living with HIV.
The "Getting to zero at work" campaign is in recognition of the role of the workplace in the global struggle to limit the spread and effects of the HIV epidemic.
Launching the campaign, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder called on governments, employers' employees and trade unions to recommit to protecting the human rights of people living with HIV so that they may enjoy productive work and live in dignity.
"Through this campaign we can also highlight the UN's HIV workplace programme through UN Cares and a group of HIV positive colleagues – UN Plus. This shows how the UN is leading by example and gives the UN system the legitimacy to suggest, propose and to demand that member States, the labour movement, the public and the private sector do exactly the same thing. Decent jobs also address many of the underlying vulnerabilities to HIV by reducing poverty and inequalities, empowers women and young people and providing young women and men with more stable and productive options for the future. And in addition the workplace is a place for awareness raising, prevention and access to care."
ILO estimates that more than 30 million people living with HIV who are of working age still face a high level of discrimination, which prevents or limits their access to jobs.
Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva.