Alliance advocates for HIV and health at UN General Assembly

As leaders and senior ministers meet in New York this week for the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Alliance will be advocating for a strong commitment to HIV, health, marginalised groups, and community responses in the new post-2015 Development Framework.

Delegates will discuss what still needs to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and, equally important, what global development should look like beyond 2015.

Marielle Hart, Policy Manager for Stop AIDS Alliance, [add link] a joint initiative of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Stop AIDS Now! said: “After many months of global and country level stakeholder consultations into which the Alliance and many of its partners have contributed, the General Assembly this week is the official start to UN Member State negotiations on what the post-2015 Development Framework should look like.”

The Alliance is participating in a number of side events during the General Assembly. On Monday 23 September, the Alliance’s Africa Regional Representative - Baba Goumbala - will speak at an event co-hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as part of Action for Global Health and the U.S. Global Health Council on the road forward for global health.

We are also attending a session on financing for human rights and sustainable development in the post-2015 Agenda, attending a meeting with the UK Special Envoy on post-2015, David Hallam, and a briefing with the Minister for Development Cooperation in the Netherlands.

We believe there needs to be a fundamental shift in how we approach development in the new framework. This approach needs to include a strong reference to human rights, equity, inclusiveness and a people-centred approach. 

The current President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe from Antigua, pointed out: "It's up to civil society to tell governments what should be included in the new Framework, nothing about you without you.” We are very pleased to see the emphasis on human rights and the rule of law, so crucial for the HIV response, and on the involvement of civil society.

Marielle Hart commented on the importance of the General Assembly: “Now is the time to start influencing Northern and Southern governments to ensure that HIV and other key issues of concern to the Alliance are not excluded from the new development goals and targets.“

Download a copy of the Alliance’s discussion paper ‘Health in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework: Mapping the way forward for the goal, targets, indicators and key principles' (available in English, French and Spanish). [add link]