UN: UNAIDS Board urges more investments, partnerships to end AIDS epidemic

New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has stressed the need for accelerated action, increased investment, intensified partnerships and innovation in community-led service delivery to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

PANA reports that the call was made on Friday at the end of the 38th UNAIDS Coordinating Board's meeting, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting took place just weeks after the adoption by UN member states of a new Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, which called on countries to Fast-Track their response to HIV over the coming years to reach a set of measurable targets by 2020, and achieving these targets is critical to putting the world on course to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, who spoke at the Board meeting, described the Political Declaration agreed in New York as "bold, ambitious, forward-looking and balanced".

He noted that, "success in reaching the Political Declaration’s targets required an inclusive approach that left no one behind, respect for everyone’s right to access quality sexual and reproductive health and rights, innovative and appropriate implementation of programmes and services to meet the needs of variously affected regions and key populations and increased and front-loaded investments for the AIDS response."

"The commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 must be underpinned by the full respect for people’s human rights, including their access to quality sexual and reproductive health and rights.

"The involvement of people living with and affected by the epidemic is essential in implementing an effective and fully funded response rooted in the community and in ensuring a strong interface between service providers and people most affected by HIV," Sidibe stated.

PANA learnt that the Board also approved a revised Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) for 2016–2021 to translate the UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy into action at the national, regional and global levels.

However, there remains a shortfall of 30 per cent in 2016 between funding commitments made to date and the resources required to fully implement the UNAIDS Strategy in support of people living with or affected by HIV.

In that regard, the Board encouraged donor governments to make multi-year contributions towards the 2016–2021 UBRAF and urged UNAIDS to continue expanding its donor base.

During the meeting, the US announced its intention to extend its agreement with UNAIDS for an additional five years, and as part of this extension, it intended to further its funding collaboration with UNAIDS.

The Board also explored the key role of communities in ending AIDS by 2030, with governments urged to leverage the skills, knowledge and experience of civil society to maximize impact.

Also at the meeting, there was broad consensus that there would be no end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030 without sustained and intensified investment in community-led responses to the epidemic in regions and among groups of people most affected, including sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people and prisoners.

Representatives of UN member states, international organizations, civil society and non-governmental organizations attended the meeting, which was chaired by Switzerland, while Ghana served as Vice-Chair and Ecuador as Rapporteur.

UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN agencies, namely UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), UN Women, International Labour Organisation (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Health organisation (WHO) and the World Bank.

It also works closely with global and national partners towards achieving its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, as well as to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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01 Julho 2016 13:56:15

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