The SDGs represent a historic opportunity to end AIDS

27 September 2015

The new Sustainable Development Goals, approved Friday at a special United Nations Summit, provide a roadmap for solving some of the planet’s most urgent problems, including AIDS, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said on Sunday.

In a side event organized by the leaders of Kenya and Malawi together with UNAIDS in the framework of the 70th anniversary of the General Assembly, representatives of the government, civil society and the Agency welcomed this new development agenda that sets goals ambitious in the fight against the epidemic.

Despite the achievements under the leadership of the Millennium Development Goals, AIDS remains the leading cause of death in Africa among young people.

Peace messenger Charlize Theron, who spoke of her childhood in South Africa at the height of the AIDS epidemic, highlighted the particular vulnerability of girls.

“UNAIDS has documented that we have reached a tipping point. Investments in the next 5 years will determine the trajectory of this epidemic. That is why we must increase our investments, focusing on young people, especially women and adolescents, caught in the crossfire, “he said.

Sidibé appealed for commitment, action and implementation to save millions of lives.

“Every dollar invested in the fight against AIDS in this period will have a return of 17 dollars. This is just what we need to mobilize and generate change, ”he said.

The goal is that in the next 15 years all children with HIV can receive treatment without discrimination, as expressed by Elijah Zachary, a 12-year-old HIV-positive boy who also participated in the event.

“We are children and we have rights and a future. My dream is that when I am 27 years old, the stigma will disappear and that I will be studying my doctorate or master’s degree as a scientist, ”said Zachary.

The response to HIV and AIDS is included in several of the goals of the new development agenda, but especially in the third, focused on ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all ages.

The panel also featured presentations by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, as well as the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Mosisili, and the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, among others.

27 September 2015

The new Sustainable Development Goals, approved Friday at a special United Nations Summit, provide a roadmap for solving some of the planet’s most urgent problems, including AIDS, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said on Sunday.

In a side event organized by the leaders of Kenya and Malawi together with UNAIDS in the framework of the 70th anniversary of the General Assembly, representatives of the government, civil society and the Agency welcomed this new development agenda that sets goals ambitious in the fight against the epidemic.

Despite the achievements under the leadership of the Millennium Development Goals, AIDS remains the leading cause of death in Africa among young people.

Peace messenger Charlize Theron, who spoke of her childhood in South Africa at the height of the AIDS epidemic, highlighted the particular vulnerability of girls.

“UNAIDS has documented that we have reached a tipping point. Investments in the next 5 years will determine the trajectory of this epidemic. That is why we must increase our investments, focusing on young people, especially women and adolescents, caught in the crossfire, “he said.

Sidibé appealed for commitment, action and implementation to save millions of lives.

“Every dollar invested in the fight against AIDS in this period will have a return of 17 dollars. This is just what we need to mobilize and generate change, ”he said.

The goal is that in the next 15 years all children with HIV can receive treatment without discrimination, as expressed by Elijah Zachary, a 12-year-old HIV-positive boy who also participated in the event.

“We are children and we have rights and a future. My dream is that when I am 27 years old, the stigma will disappear and that I will be studying my doctorate or master’s degree as a scientist, ”said Zachary.

The response to HIV and AIDS is included in several of the goals of the new development agenda, but especially in the third, focused on ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all ages.

The panel also featured presentations by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, as well as the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Mosisili, and the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, among others.