The ILO is launching the “Getting to Zero at work” campaign through which UN agencies, ILO constituents and key partners recognize the significant contribution of the world of work in the HIV response.
ILO new initiative to reach 5 million workers with voluntary testing by 2015
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Implement the ILO Recommendation on HIV and AIDS (No. 200).
A campaign highlighting the significant contribution of
Decent work for all, including people living with HIV, is a cornerstone for Getting to zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. We must act now to make all workplaces free from stigma and discrimination!"Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Office (ILO)
ILO's efforts on Getting to Zero at Work are critical for an effective response to HIV. The workplace must protect the human rights of workers and ensure a safe and supportive environment for people living with and affected by HIV."Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Everyone has the right to live a dignified, healthy and productive life. People living with HIV must be allowed to work without any fear of discrimination. Getting to Zero should be the goal of every workplace.Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Nobel Peace Price 1991
With two-thirds of our population younger than 25 years old, HIV threatens the fragile human capital fabric it took us so long to build in Africa. HIV leaves a void in the already small cohort of trained teachers, doctors and nurses we have. We cannot be successful without preventing HIV and promoting zero discrimination at work.Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
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African leaders are committed to accelerating the HIV response through country ownership and strategic investment approaches, including social and legal enablers. The world of work can be the entry point to reach out to workers and ensure universal access to HIV prevention, care and support. Our goal remains: Zero new HIV infection, Zero AIDS related deaths and Zero discrimination.Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)
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We will never see the end of AIDS without eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV. The fight for equality and human rights for all must be taken up at all levels including the workplace.Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medecine in 2008, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS)
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HIV and AIDS is a development issue and we each have a role to play towards accelerating our national response to ensure that PLHIVJohn Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
have access to care and support services as well as decent work and living conditions. This is one sure way to accelerate to zero together.
Despite significant progress, HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain widespread. It is critical that the rights of people living with HIV are respected in the workplace."Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The starting point is for teachers and all education personnel to work in supportive environments that offer access to vital information about HIV and AIDS and encourage social dialogue. Ultimately, it is students who will benefit when their teachers and the entire education personnel work in a nurturing and positive environment. This is why workplace policies are an essential strategy for Getting to Zero."Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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The workplace is a critical entry point to facilitate access of both HIV and sexual and reproductive health services, including the wide distribution of male and female condoms and comprehensive information on how to use them effectively.”Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
“The world of work is an essential channel for also reaching key populations involved in informal economies with services, as well as for addressing challenges posed by stigma and discrimination that these groups often face.”
As humanitarians, we must embody the notion of protection and respect – not only towards the persons we care for, but also towards our own staff. Only when humanitarian personnel are informed about HIV, know about universal precautions and have access to appropriate health facilities can they advocate effectively for our beneficiaries to have better access to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment.”António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Discriminating against staff members living with or affected by HIV does more than rob them of respect; it also potentially robs them of their livelihoods - and even their lives. We cannot succeed in the battle against HIV and AIDS without zero tolerance for stigma and discrimination, in the workplace and every place.”Anthony Lake, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
A comprehensive approach is essential to prevent HIV among the prison population. To protect the rights and health of both prisoners and prison staff it is critical to ensure a safe and healthy prison work environment.”Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna
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Women's empowerment is one of the only HIV vaccines available today. Women are lagging far behind men in access to land, credit and decent jobs. We must abolish the multiple barriers preventing them from seizing economic opportunities and empower them to reduce their vulnerability to HIV. Gender equality is key to getting to zero.”Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women
Health workers stand on the frontline of the AIDS response. If countries are to achieve universal access to HIV services, one of their first steps must be to ensure that all health workers have access to effective and affordable HIV prevention, treatment, and care.”Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
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Creating equal opportunities for people to live healthy, productive lives, secure meaningful jobs, and protect themselves from illnesses and crises, including HIV and AIDS, is vital if we are to achieve a world free of AIDS and poverty.”Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank
I hope that the ILO Recommendation concerning HIV/AIDS and the World of Work will contribute to improving health at work, will generate case law safeguarding rights and help the women and men affected.”Gilles de Robien (France), Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body
Getting to zero is investing in a sustainable future. Employers with their businesses – large and small alike – are really making a difference and can make this possible.”Daniel Funes de Rioja (Argentina), Vice-President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and Employer Vice-Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body
We cannot afford to wait. Every human being aspires to dignity. This includes workers living with HIV. Our dignity starts with Decent Work. We all have the right to have a voice, access income and social protection and have our rights respected.”Luc Cortebeeck (Belgium), Worker Vice-Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body
Employers’ organizations and their member enterprises are reaching millions of workers, families and communities with their HIV initiatives. Together, we can get to zero.”Brent Wilton, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths start at work.”Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Earning a wage and supporting ourselves is not only critical to our own personal health, but also to our dignity in contributing to our communities and society as a whole.”Kevin Moody, International Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
We need to ensure access to treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS and eliminate discrimination in workplaces. This is essential from a moral, ethical and economic stand point.”Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)
I am one of 5 million young people living with HIV and I once lost my job due to my HIV status. An HIV test does not determine my skills or ability to perform well at work. This is why I urge governments and employers to commit to zero discrimination at work and make decent work accessible to all, including to young women and men living with HIV.”Yahir Zavaleta Rocha (Mexico), Programme Director for Espolea,
Member of the Youth Advisory Group of the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)
Close to 200 leaders from the UN, Heads of State, Ministers, world of work actors, civil society, people living with HIV and the private sector have joined the campaign!
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