The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Programme Coordinating Board on Friday adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
This is contained in a statement issued by the agency at the end of the board’s 37th meeting in Geneva.
It stated that the UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy is one of the first in the UN system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDGs is a framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
It added that the strategy maps out the UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to accelerate the AIDS response over the next five years to reach critical HIV prevention and treatment targets and achieve zero discrimination.
Members of the Board from across all regions called the strategy bold, ambitious, yet achievable and praised the highly inclusive and consultative process to develop it.
In his opening address, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, described the strategy as an urgent call to front-load investment and to increase financing for HIV prevention.
Sidibé also said the strategy would ensure that the health of the 22 million people living with HIV who were not yet accessing treatment were protected.
He said the strategy would be an instrument for social justice and dignity.
The director said, “Our transformative strategy pushes us to cover more ground than ever before.
“It obliges us to address the critical linkages between health, injustice, inequality, poverty and conflict.”
The Board also approved UNAIDS’ operational framework and the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework for 2016–2021, which will translate the strategy into action at the national, regional and global levels.
It added that the strategy and UBRAF were powerful tools to accelerate the global AIDS response and guide the work of the Joint Programme.