Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Remarks at Joint UNDP and UNFPA Report on Implementation of the Decisions & Recommendations of Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS

Feb 2, 2017

We are pleased to jointly present this update on the implementation of the decisions and recommendations from the 36th and 37th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meetings.  

The results achieved in the past year, as reflected in the written report, speak for themselves. For instance, through the UNDP-Global Fund partnership 2.5 million lives were saved and currently there are 1.9 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment.

UNFPA has reached over 4.4 million young people through its the flagship programme ‘Safeguard Young People’ to strengthening young people’s leadership, participation, knowledge, and skills on adopting healthier sexual behaviours and access to SRH and HIV services.

The main focus of our presentation will be on providing reflections on HIV in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the critical funding situation of the Joint Programme and the Global Review Panel on the future of the UNAIDS business model. But let’s begin with a summary overview of the successes and challenges in the global AIDS response.

In June 2016, all Member States signed the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. We had a successful fifth replenishment of the Global Fund with US$ 13.2 billion in commitments and we reached 18 million people with live-saving antiretroviral treatment. But no Fast Track country has yet achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target of having 90% of people with HIV diagnosed, 90% of diagnosed people on therapy and 90% of treated people virally suppressed.

Compared to 20 years ago when HIV prevention options were limited, there is now a range of options available to suit people’s needs throughout their lives to ensure that they can protect themselves from HIV, including new options like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

At the same time, efforts to reach fewer than 500 000 new HIV infections by 2020 are seriously off track. An estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every year for at least the past five years, effectively plateauing, and new HIV infections among adults are rising in some regions.

Evidence shows that just as health shapes development, development shapes health. About 24% of full income growth in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2011 has been attributed to health improvements. By increasing people’s choices and capabilities to lead healthy and productive lives, investments in health and other areas of development are mutually reinforcing.

With increasing infections in young people, HIV can seriously diminish the possibility of realizing the demographic dividend and achieving the SDGs. To that end reducing the impact of HIV is important.

Implementation of the 2030 Agenda imposes clear demands for working differently - because of its ambition to leave no one behind, and the challenges in implementing SDGs that are universal, integrated and indivisible. For many of the SDG areas, related targets are found not only under their namesake goal but across a range of other goals as well. For example, the goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, reducing inequalities, education, access to justice and ending poverty and hunger amongst others are important determinants of health.

Our support to Member States is delivered under the MAPS chapeau, the common approach to 2030 Agenda implementation endorsed by the UNDG. MAPS stands for Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support. HIV is an example of an accelerator that could lead to faster progress across multiple SDGs at the same time.


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