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Leaders Convening PDF document

17 May 2021

HRI convened leaders of the major harm reduction funders to catalyse interest and engagement on funding for harm reduction, strengthening shared ambition within the global funding community. This… Read more

Call for Proposals COVID-19, Health, and Human Rights: Responding to securitised approaches in Malaysia and Sri Lanka Word document (DOCX)PDF document

14 May 2021

Harm Reduction International is launching a call for proposals to support advocacy, campaign, and/or communications initiatives by NGOs, civil society groups, activists, artists, or community networks in two countries: Malaysia and Sri Lanka; aimed at raising awareness on the human rights and public health fallacies of the COVID-19 response and… Read more

Harm Reduction International launches 2020 Annual Report PDF document

31 March 2021

In 2020, Harm Reduction International found new ways to work together to advocate for the health, rights and dignity of people who use drugs, while ensuring that we used our expertise in tracking… Read more

HRI joins partners to call for renewed commitments towards abolition of the death penalty at the 2021 Crime Congress PDF document

29 March 2021

HRI joined human rights partners to emphasise our regret the exclusion of the abolition of the death penalty from the Crime Congress, as well as from the UNODC strategy for 2021-2025. UN and regional inter-governmental bodies, as well as many countries from all regions, have long-recognized the human rights violations inherently associated with… Read more

HR21 Postponed to 2023

17 February 2021

HRI has taken the decision to postpone HR21. As for many organisations looking to run live events at the moment, this has been another agonising decision. Our tracking of the vaccine rollout across… Read more


01 December 2020

Harm Reduction International will stage their biennial conference in Melbourne, Australia, from 1-4 December 2021. With just over a year until the event, HRI invites you to register your interest in becoming part of the Online Review Committee (ORC) for the 27th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR21). A call for abstracts is at the very… Read more

Advocacy for Harm Reduction in advance of the Global Fund Board Meeting (November 2020) PDF document

13 November 2020

HRI and INPUD briefed Global Fund Board Delegations on the importance of safeguarding funding for harm reduction in the context of COVID-19; and called for a Global Fund Strategy that can end AIDS among people who use drugs by 2030. Read more

HRI Seeks Media Consultant for HR21 PDF document

05 November 2020

HRI is seeking an experienced Media Consultant to work on the Harm Reduction International Conference 2021 (HR21). You can read about the consultancy and find out how to apply by downloading the Invitation to Submit a Tender here . Read more

HR21 Theme Announced

24 September 2020

STRENGTH IN SOLIDARITY We are extremely excited to reveal that the theme for HR21 is Strength in Solidarity. Reflecting our commitment to an inclusive and intersectional harm reduction community, Strength in Solidarity is a call to action. Harm Reduction International calls upon our friends and allies to stand together, to act together and to… Read more

Call to uphold the rights of people who use drugs and harm reduction in the new UNAIDS Strategy PDF document

04 September 2020

Ahead of the UNAIDS Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on 16 September, 33 civil society and community-led organisations working on drug policy and harm reduction are urging the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (UNAIDS PCB) to uphold the rights of people who use drugs and harm reduction in the new UNAIDS Strategy. This letter includes six key… Read more

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