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UN Passed Political Declaration on Ending AIDS Epidemic by 2030

The UN member states on June 8 adopted a political declaration to scale up fight against HIV, achieve a set of concrete objectives by 2020, and end AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS was adopted at the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. In the Declaration, member states committed to reinforce efforts to achieve the objectives for prevention, treatment, health care and support in order to end the AIDS epidemic, and seize the new opportunities presented by 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The UN member states renewed their commitments to reducing the global numbers of people newly infected with HIV to fewer than 500,000 per year and people dying from AIDS to fewer than 500,000 per year by 2020; eliminating stigma and discrimination related to HIV; and ensuring access to treatment for 30 million HIV infected persons by 2020, according to the political declaration.
At the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that the world has achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 — which was to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic by 2015. However, the AIDS epidemic is far from being over. He called on the global health infrastructure, all Member States, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations Security Council to reinforce the multi-sector, multi-actor approach for AIDS response, and also make sure that everyone affected have access to comprehensive HIV services.
Representatives of UN member states, international organizations, civil society organizations, private sector and academic institutions attend the three-day conference. In addition to plenary, the participants will also discuss about HIV response and Sustainable Development Goals, financing, anti-stigma, and women and children at several seminars.
According to UNAIDS, some 36.7 million people were living with HIV in 2015, and currently 17 million people are on ART. (Source: Ni Hongmei and Shi Xiaomeng, Xinhua News Agency, June 20, 2016)