Reinvigorating The AIDS Response to Catalyse Sustainable Development and United Nations Reform. 7/4/2017
Published by UN
Bold global commitments, shared financial responsibility and a people-centred approach based on the principles of equity have yielded shared success in the AIDS response. The 90-90-90 initiative has guided a dramatic expansion of antiretroviral treatment and greatly reduced AIDS-related deaths, while also contributing to a reduction in new HIV infections. A global plan to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV has more than halved the number of new HIV infections among children. The AIDS response has made an important contribution to the demographic dividend of Africa, its recent economic growth and the emerging vision of Africa as a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.
Global optimism has fuelled the highest ambition within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. A fast-track response to reach this target has been agreed by the United Nations General Assembly within the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast Track to Accelerating the Fight against HIV and to Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked with and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda: both are grounded in equity, human rights and a promise to leave no one behind.
During my first months as Secretary-General, I have called on the international system to get back to basics: to put greater focus on building more resilient societies by putting respect for human rights at the centre of national and international policy, by reducing disenfranchisement and marginalization and by empowering women and girls. I have also called on the United Nations development system to increase the pace of reform —to become more nimble, efficient and effective. The AIDS response is a bellwether for both agendas: sustainable development and United Nations reform.
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