Access to Treatment: An Integrated Response

Parallel Event to the 23rd regular session of the Human Right Council, Geneva, 28th of May 2013

Parallel Event to the 23rd regular session of the Human Right Council, Geneva, 28th of May 2013

Resolution 17/14 adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in conjunction with its Regular Session of July 2011 requests the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health “to prepare […] a study on existing challenges with regard to access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, ways to overcome them and good practices” to be presented to the Human Rights Council in conjunction with its 23rd Regular Session (May-June 2013).

The aim of this Parallel Event was to demonstrate the multiple challenges encountered when trying to ensure that all people have access to affordable, accessible, and good quality treatment. While pricing and patent issues must be resolved, attention also must be given to challenges posed by the Social Determinants of Health which, as defined by the World Health Organization, “are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age”. In fact, the lack of enabling international and national environments and the existence of structural obstacles may also be considered as root causes of the violation of the Right to Health.
By way of illustration, the Event presented positive approaches to promoting and facilitating access to treatment among people living with HIV, especially those from the most poor and marginalized populations, through advocacy for lower prices, the lifting of obstacles presented by restrictive intellectual property policies, the elimination of stigma and iscrimination, and increased access to antiretroviral medication for local communities.

This Parallel Event has therefore:

  • Identified and explored the interconnectedness of the multiple challenges facing the global community as it seeks to uphold the Right to Health for all, including by improving access to medicines;
  • Shared the experiences of communities affected by and responding to the root causes of the violation of the Right to Health and the denial of treatment access;
  • Identified key actors and explored possible solutions, including the proposed Global Convention on Health Research & Development, for increasing access to treatment as part of efforts to uphold the Right to Health.


  • Caritas Internationalis (CI)
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA)
  • Association "Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII (ACPG23)"


  • Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the United Nations in Geneva (t.b.c.);
  • Medicines Patent Pool Foundation (t.b.c.);
  • Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation;
  • Other interested NGOs.



Mr. Peter PROVE - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Executive Director
Rev. Msgr. Robert J. VITILLO - Caritas Internationalis, HIV/AIDS Special Advisor

Donate Now to APG23

Latest news
  • Solidarity: right or crime?
    The theme of the criminalization of humanitarian actors and members of civil society who show solidarity with migrants and...
    Read more
    16 July 2019
  • A Ministry of Peace in every state
    The Geneva Apg23 team launches this proposal: to create a Ministry of Peace in all the nations of the world. An innovative...
    Read more
    09 October 2018
  • Human rights: a new high commissi..
    The 39th Human Rights Council, which takes place from 10 to 28 September 2018, marked the beginning of the mandate in the ...
    Read more
    25 September 2018
  • The proposal of the Ministry of P..
    September 21st - from 1pm to 2.30pm - Palazzo delle Nazioni, Room XXV - Geneva During the 39th Session of the Human Rig...
    Read more
    21 September 2018
  • A proposal to eradicate prostitut..
    The 38th session of the Human Rights Council takes place in Geneva these days  and our office has promoted  various activi...
    Read more
    02 July 2018
  • International Solidarity: a right..
    On Thursday, June 8th 2017, the international office of APG23, in collaboration with the Catholic Working Group on the Rig...
    Read more
    28 June 2017
  • We say stop to maternal mortality
    During the 34th session of the Human Rights Council a panel was held the 9th of march, 2017 among a group of experts and d...
    Read more
    29 March 2017
  • Peace: right for every peoples
    The Declaration of the Human Right to Peace is an important step for the promotion of social justice
    Read more
    13 January 2017
  • Unaccompanied migrant children
    Tuesday, September 20 at the 33rd session of Human Right Council the Advisory Committee presented his thematic report (A /...
    Read more
    26 September 2016
  • More humanitarian corridors less ..
    "Most humanitarian corridors less barges and less human trafficking" these are the words of the President of the Senate Pi...
    Read more
    13 July 2016
Iscriviti alla Newsletter IOCON
Desidero ricevere vostre comunicazioni e richieste personalizzate via email. Informativa Privacy