HIV in the Sustainable Development Goals

A new development framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is currently being negotiated among UN Member States.

The new goals and targets will come into effect on 1 January 2016 and will guide the decisions of the UN, international donors and national governments over the next fifteen years.

The Alliance has led the global HIV community in calling for a strong HIV target under a health goal and is pleased that a target to end the AIDS epidemic is likely to be included. We also welcome the likely inclusion of targets to achieve universal health coverage and eliminate discriminatory laws, policies and practices.

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The SDGs should ensure that no-one is left behind. Focus should be placed on people who are vulnerable, marginalised or stigmatised. This means addressing economic, social and legal barriers so all people can access the HIV prevention, treatment, care and support they need and fulfil their human rights. This is crucial to realising the end of AIDS.

The SDGs aim to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were set in 2000 and expire this year. The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—helped to galvanise support for the HIV response, and result in a decline in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.