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2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

On 8-10 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York, The HLM will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 and 2011 Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS. It will adopt a concise and action-oriented declaration as its outcome, to be agreed upon by the Member States, to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2015, towards achieving the commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. It brought together over 600 participants from governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and communities of people living with and affected by HIV.

 

United Nations Member States have committed to implementing a bold agenda to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held in New York, The United States of America, from 8 to 10 June. The progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets and actions that must be achieved by 2020 if the world is to get on the Fast-Track and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the opening plenary, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that the AIDS response had been a “source of innovation and inspiration,” and the Executive Director of UNAIDS outlined the progress made in recent years, with 17 million people accessing antiretroviral treatment and significant declines in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV-infections among children.

"For the first time in history we can say that in Africa there are more people initiating HIV treatment than there are new HIV infections,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. He also underlined the importance of inclusion, saying, “The doors of the United Nations should be open to all.” 

Cambodia delegation takes lead by H.E Ieng Mouly, Chair of the National AIDS Authority (NAA)

A Cambodian delegation led by the Senior Minister Ieng Mouly is attending 08-10 June-2016 the High-level Meeting on AIDS at the UNHQ on June 10, 2016. Participating in the HLM meeting including: 1) H. E. Tuy Ry, Ambassador of Cambodia to the UN, 2) H. E. Dr. Hor Bun Leng, Deputy Secretary General of the NAA, 3) H. E. Sorn Piseth, Assistant to Senior Minister, 4) Mr. Lao Soksamphea, First Secretary of Cambodia Permanent Representative at the United Nations, 5) Dr. Ly Penh Sun, Director of NCHADS, 6) Ms. Chhim Kolab  from KHANA and 7) Ms. Soo Sina CPN+, Representatives of Civil Society in Cambodia.

In the afternoon session, the Senior Minister delivered his speech by highlighting the success in the fight against HIV/AIDs during the last 25 years. He told the General Assembly that the success has not happened by chance. It has happened due to the strong and high political commitment, with combined effort from players such as governments, development partners, NGOs, civil society, private sector and people living with HIV and high-risk group networks, to make a joint decision, at all level, on the development and implementation of the "Three Ones" principles. On this part of member state Senior Minister H.E Ieng Mouly, Chair of the National AIDS Authority leads a Cambodian delegation to participate in the High-level Meeting on AIDS at the UNHQ held on June 8-10, 2016. to inform the world of the community the political commitment to reach the three zeros goals as part of SDG of leaving no one behind, The royal government will be double its effort and commitment to join hands with member states, under the leadership of United Nationals Secretary General, to end AIDS epidemic by 2030. Cambodia would still recognize HIV/AIDs as major Public Health and social development issue putting HIV/AIDS on country top agenda needing the national strategy for HIV comprehensive with multi-sectoral, remove all legal regulatory policy and social barriers by revising the current law to make sure that people are reaching 90–90–90 and basic right are improvement to elimination all form of discrimination and stigmatization to people living with HIV, break conspiracy of silence by engaging community empowerment through  mainstream  and integrate HIV/AIDS response to sustainable community development  and investments plan  and work with all stakeholder as key to accountability and transparency for HIV response and country ownership, by mobilization the financial commitment and contribution from all resource, especially the commitment to increasing of technical notational budget by 7% per year with highly to address to H.E Ban Ki-moon take a lead in mobilization the global fund to support many country including Cambodia, in their ability to scaling up effective intervention to achieved universal access. 

Towards this ending it will adopt a concise and action-oriented declaration as its outcome, to be agreed upon by the Member States, to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2015, towards achieving the commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.The five official panels were under the following themes:

  1. Financing the end of AIDs: The window opportunity
  2. AIDS and the sustainable development agenda: interdependent, inextricably linked
  3. Leaving no one behind: ending stigma and discrimination through social justice and inclusive societies
  4. Getting ahead of the looming treatment crisis: an action agenda for reaching 90–90–90
  5. Children, adolescent girls, and young women: preventing new HIV infections

I. Leaving no one behind: The AIDS epidemic will not be ended without efforts to end discrimination, respond to exclusion and advance social justice “Leaving no one behind. There will be no end of AIDS without addressing the laws, policies and practices that make women, young people, prisoners, sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs vulnerable to HIV and limit their access to health services. Now is the time to expand human rights programmers that work and have proved successful in addressing discrimination in different contexts. 

II. For reaching 90–90–90: The key question of how the impending crisis in HIV treatment should be addressed “Getting ahead of the looming treatment crisis: an action agenda for reaching 90–90–90. whereby 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have a suppressed viral load and also need for low- and middle-income countries to increase their domestic funding was also raised, along with the role of the international community in lending its support where necessary to reach the 90–90–90 treatment target as a sound investment for global health and sustainable development. 

III. Children, adolescent girls and young women: preventing new HIV infections young women should be meaningfully involved in developing policies and programmers and should have access to comprehensive sexuality education and high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, The structural causes of inequality need to be addressed and boys and men must also play a key role in promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence. In addition, more effective monitoring systems that can follow children and young people diagnosed with HIV and facilitate access to treatment and care were considered necessary.

IV. Financing the end of AIDs: The window opportunity: According to the gathering’s political leaders, experts and representatives of international organizations and civil society, this extra funding will allow the world to meet the 2020 interim targets on the road to ending the epidemic. These targets include the 90–90–90 treatment target of 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment having a suppressed viral load, reducing new HIV infections to fewer than 500 000 and elimination of HIV-related discrimination.

V. AIDS and the sustainable development agenda: interdependent, inextricably linked: The panel members set out concrete examples of how the AIDS response could help to influence the profound structural, social and economic changes needed to end AIDS and make the SDGs a reality: by promoting accountability, through grassroots alliances with communities acting as agents of change and by challenging inequality, stigma, and marginalization and leaving no one behind.

• Note: CSOs disappointed when the process began with the exclusion of a number of key HIV advocacy organizations representing gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, and drug users. We were further disappointed with the draft declaration, as it falls short of the commitments required for “ending AIDS” and for an effective HIV response.  CSOs are united in our call to all member states to take this critical opportunity to secure:

  • Stronger commitments for funding and tailored service access for key populations, regardless of where they live
  • Consistent commitments to respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights, gender equality, and the rights of key populations and of women and girls
  • Commitments to implementing full sexual and reproductive health and rights, including comprehensive sexuality education and sexual rights
  • Strengthened language on commitments to funding for civil society and community engagement
  • Clear assertions that meaningful participation of people living with and affected by HIV is central to local, national, and global HIV responses
  • Commit to fully optimize the use of existing flexibilities under the TRIPS Agreement specifically geared to promoting access to and trade in medicines, including through easier to use and effective mechanisms.

http://www.icaso.org/announcements/civil-society-and-communities-declaration-to-end-hiv-human-rights-must-come-first.

• Asian Cities getting to zeros new HIV infection AIDS Related Death Discrimination was started in 2012 and initially piloted in 13cities of 8 Asian member state namely: Cambodia Battambang Province, Indonesia, Loa PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, the panel discussion session lead by Myanmar to provide a platform for discussion and sharing of experiences, good practices and innovation and roll-out, The five official panels were under the following agenda:  Sharing and discussion good practices of same cities, launching Asian bulletins special edition for high level meeting and presentation key messages towards sustaining HIV/AIDS effective respond in Asian there are some important key messages recent from collected recommendations Asian member state for consideration to strength and scaling up HIV/AIDs responses in the region to Service delivery, reduces stigma & discrimination, strategic information, mulita sector coordination, community participations  and effective program included mobilized domestic financing   scaling up on HIV/AIDs response including transition plan to hand over the country ownership.

WHAT DOES HLM SUCCESS LOOK LIKE

The finally event included five panels on: AIDS within the SDGs: leveraging the end of AIDS for social transformation and sustainable development; financing and sustaining the end of AIDS; getting to the 90-90-90 target; leaving no one behind: ending stigma and discrimination through social justice and inclusive societies; and preventing new HIV infections among children, adolescent girls and young women and participants agreed on a Political Declaration that outlines actions to implement the AIDS agenda and achieve related SDG targets as following : 

Adoption of a declaration that:

  • Political declaration on HIV and AIDS : On fast-track to accelerated the fighting the fight again HIV and to end AIDs epidemic by 2030
  • 2011-2016:reflecting on unprecedented achievements and acknowledging those left behind
  • 2016-2021: Global leadership: uniting to fast-track the HIV/AIDS respond
  • Front Loading and diversify resource  are critical to fast-track the AIDS respond
  • Ensuring to access to testing and treatment and fight again HIV and AIDS
  • Pursuing transformative AIDS responses to contribution to gender equality  and the empowerment of all women and girls
  • Ensuring access to high-quality HIV service, commodities, and prevention , while expanding coverage diversifying approaches and intensifying effort to fight HIV and end AIDS epidemic
  • Promoting law, policies and practices to enable access to service and end HIV-related stigma and discrimination
  • Engaging and supporting people living with, risk of and affected by HIV as well as other relevance stakeholders in AIDS response
  • Leveraging regional leadership and institution are essential   to more effective AIDS responses
  • Enhancing governance, Monitoring, and accountability will deliver results for with people
  • Follow-up accelerating progress

 

Source final adaptation Political declaration: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2016/2016-political-declaration-HIV-AIDS