Communities Achieving The SDGs by Providing People-Centered Services to All. 18/7/2017

Published by UNAIDS

Civil society, United Nations agencies, government representatives and development agencies gathered to discuss the critical role of communities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Community Actors Speak Out: the Role of Community Action in Delivering the SDGs event in New York on 17 July 2017 on the side-lines of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum in New York

Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, joined leading members of civil society, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, the Danish Minister of Finance, Kristian Jensen, and Romain Schneider, Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action to discuss how the AIDS response has demonstrated the need to address structural, social and economic factors of vulnerability in order to make progress.  Mr Loures, highlighted how decades of experience in the global AIDS response demonstrated how communities affected by HIV have been leading the delivery of people-centred services, addressing the holistic health care needs for their members, beyond HIV.

Members of the panel Alasan Senghore, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dorothy Onyango, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya and Niluka Pereira, Youth Voices Count, Sri Lanka reiterated the centrality of community in making progress in the SDGs. Community action has to be meaningfully and systematically integrated into global and national development and health strategies, implementation and financing plans, including universal health coverage strategies, and in the overall 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The dialogue was organised by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Aidsfonds, UNAIDS, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Aids-Fondet, and the Free Space Process in collaboration with the governments of the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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