HIV in the Sustainable Development Goals
A new development framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was agreed by UN Member States in September 2015.
The new goals and targets that came into effect on 1 January 2016 will guide the decisions of the UN, international donors and national governments over the next fifteen years.
The Alliance 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 included. We also welcome the inclusion of targets to achieve universal health coverage and eliminate discriminatory laws, policies and practices.
The SDGs must ensure that no-one is left behind. Focus must be placed on people who are vulnerable, marginalised or stigmatised, both in the commitments made by the goals, but also involving people who are most affected in the implementation too. This also 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 build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were set in 2000 and expired in 2015. 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.