« Science, HIV and COVID-19: perspectives »

An event on the sidelines of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV / AIDS in New York and online from June 8-10 looked at scientific resources relevant to the new strategy and goals. UNAIDS global organizations, as well as the changes in the scientific environment that will accompany the world until 2030, when the Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS must be met.

In the face of the complexity and multifaceted nature of the global AIDS response, science remains an unwavering force that shapes and adapts the global response. Science also plays a similar role in the other current pandemic: COVID-19. The event provided an opportunity to discuss the role of science and review major and emerging scientific themes that will influence the trajectory of the HIV pandemic as it approaches 2030.
United Nations High-level Meeting on AIDS ends with strong political declaration and ambitious new goals to be achieved by 2025

After weeks of serious discussions, the 2021 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV / AIDS is coming to a close in New York, United States of America. United Nations member states have adopted an ambitious and achievable new text, the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: End Inequalities and Act to End AIDS by 2030.

This statement is based on evidence and human rights, and will serve as an important roadmap for moving the global response to HIV forward over the next five years. Important advances were made in the 2021 political declaration. These include new targets to ensure that 95% of people at risk of HIV infection use combination HIV prevention services, to provide more emphasis on service delivery by communities (including a target to ensure that 80% of services for key populations are provided by communities), and a commitment to end inequalities, going far beyond of the Sustainable Development Goal, Reduce inequalities.

The High-Level Meeting on AIDS was convened by the President of the General Assembly, and the ambassadors of Australia and Namibia led the negotiations on the Political Declaration as co-facilitators. 193 Member States sat for three days. There were 14 presidents, five vice-presidents and four prime ministers among the speakers, and many high-level dignitaries also participated in the thematic panel discussions and the 30 umbrella program events that took place throughout the week.