Reinvigorating The AIDS Response to Catalyse Sustainable Development and United Nations Reform. 7/4/2017

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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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