UN: Draft 2016 political declaration on ending AIDS released - UNAIDS

New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 2016 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, the co-facilitators of the meeting, Ms. Patricia Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the UN, and Mr. Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, have released the zero draft of the 2016 Political Declaration on the Fast-Track to end AIDS and ensure sustainable development.

UNAIDS, in a statement obtained by PANA in New York, said the zero draft reflects on the achievements made so far in the response to AIDS, and also sets out a clear agenda to Fast-Track the response by 2020 and put the world on track to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

It stated that the zero draft was presented to UN member states on 18 April.

It said that the co-facilitators will begin open, transparent and inclusive informal consultations on the draft declaration on 25 April at the UN headquarters in New York, during which the UN member states will negotiate and finalize the declaration over the next few weeks.

The statement noted that after the negotiations and finalization of the draft, it will be presented for adoption at the UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS on 8 June.

It disclosed that the co-facilitators will also hold an informal meeting with civil society groups, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders on 26 April on the draft political declaration.

The UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS will take place in New York, from 8 to 10 June, and it will bring together high-level representatives of UN member states, people living with HIV, civil society, the private sector and other partners to focus the world’s attention on the importance of a Fast-Track approach to the AIDS response over the next five years.

The Political Declaration adopted at the meeting will guide and monitor the AIDS response towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
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19 avril 2016 15:25:35

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