Mauro Guarinieri appointed as INPUD's RCF Consortium Coordinator

June 2019

INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mauro Guarinieri, RCF Consortium Coordinator. As of June 2017, Mauro will work with the INPUD Secretariat as the Coordinator for INPUD’s current Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) grant, and will be responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s RCF project.


Mauro has been involved in the AIDS movement since the late 1990s, focussing on injecting drug use, harm reduction, access to the highest standard of care for active drug users, and the end of prohibition. Mauro has been openly living with HIV since 1985, and has worked towards ensuring that the issues that impact upon the lives of communities of people who use drugs are properly represented within the larger movement of people living with HIV/AIDS. Mauro has attended many Commissions on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, and was the first person openly living with HIV to address the CND plenary. He has been a member of the UN expert committee on HIV and drug use between 2005 and 2018, now referred to as the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG).


As one of INPUD’s early members, Mauro was involved in the formal formation of the international network, and was one of the authors of INPUD’s founding document, the Vancouver declaration. His work in drug user rights activism has involved concentrating on the inception and establishment an Italian Network with EuroNPUD, the European Network of People who Use Drugs, with Italian activists setting up the first ever national network of people who use drugs in Italy.


We welcome Mauro to the INPUD Secretariat, a new chapter in his work in the movements of people living with HIV/AIDS and people who use drugs.