U.S.-based civil society stakeholders submit a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, urging a diplomatic solution to the contentious provisions on access to medicines in the draft declaration of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
In response to the reopening of negotiations on the UN High-Level Meeting on TB political declaration, a coalition of U.S.-based civil society stakeholders have submitted a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, urging a diplomatic solution to the contentious provisions on access to medicines.
Earlier in July, the South African government took an important and brave step by breaking the 'silent period' for the declaration calling attention to the removal of language supporting the use of TRIPS flexibilities and centralizing access to medicines in the declaration. As negotiations continue, this letter was sent to U.S. officials close to the negotiations across the U.S. Mission to the UN, State Dept. and the Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs (HHS/OGA).
Treatment Action Group (TAG) stands with the global community in calling on the U.S. government to come to a diplomatic and political solution to recognize UN member states rights in using every tool possible to address their TB epidemic and expand access to affordable medicines, as agreed upon by international law.
The letter can be downloaded here.
Source: Treatment Action Group