‘Promise To Leave No One Behind’ Links Efforts To End AIDS, Reach SDGs
Inter Press Service: AIDS Pandemic Far From Over: 37 Million Living with HIV Globally
Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. deputy secretary general
“…Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights, and a promise to leave no one behind. … [W]e need to do a better job of reaching young women and adolescent girls. … We also need to ensure a more integrated approach to HIV program delivery. In particular, we need to integrate HIV, sexual, and reproductive health programs, including family planning. Just as we must reach young women, we have to make it easier for other key populations to access health services. … The global commitments we have made to eliminate gender inequalities, to promote, protect, respect, and fulfill all human rights, and to achieve universal health coverage, mutually reinforce efforts to eradicate AIDS. … I hope to see our investment in ending the AIDS epidemic and saving lives translate into political and financial investment in UNAIDS. This entity embodies many of the critical elements that we are seeking to incorporate into our broader U.N. reform efforts. … Let us always approach political decisions and meetings … with communities in mind. … If we do that, we can end AIDS” (6/2).