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193 UN member states adopt political declaration to scale up the fight against HIV and end AIDS epidemic

Reporter: James Chau 丨 CCTV.com

06-10-2016 12:50 BJT

The UN General Assembly has adopted a political declaration to scale up the fight against HIV and end AIDS epidemic by 2030. 193 UN member states set up an ambitious goal on reducing the number of new HIV infections worldwide. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to reinforce the approach by ensuring funding for AIDS response and making sure that people living with HIV-AIDS have access to comprehensive services.

It's a political declaration that being called new, bold, progressive, historic, but probably most importantly urgent as well. What the declaration says out is a blueprint, a roadmap for the next five years ahead, after which of course governments have signed on now need to really deliver on the specific time bound target which has been set up within the text.

 What it also says out is a shared vision. The vision to cut down the total number of new HIV infections nobly by 5 hundred thousand or under that figure by the year 2020. And also to cut the number of AIDS related death to below 500,000 that same period of time also by 2020. But also they said a much broader vision which is to help eliminate stagnant discrimination that strictly related to HIV.

We've been talking about 17 million people are now accessing life-saving anti-virus. It's 2 million more in the year 2015 alone. They want to build up that momentum. They want to really ramp it up so that they can double the number of people on anti-virus by the year 2020. That's gonna be very ambitious. That means if that succeeds, about 90 percent of all people worldwide which right now about over 30 million living with HIV will be on this life-saving ARTS.

It's really ambitious but it's essential that they stick to the timetable, targets because of course what they are trying to realise are the mini steps and important many steps leading up to a world with no aids by 2030. That's the vision not only set by UN AIDS but a vision that's now part officially of sustainable development goals. They've also laid out target that related to the prevention of HIV infections in children, in girls and in women.

A lot of people realise if you are living in a developing country and if you are a woman that reproductive H, the most likely disease you are gonna die of is still AIDS. We've talking to many people over the last couple of days here in New York, to scientists, to innovators, to political figures and of course to the UN itself and what they agree is that the governments really need to commit, they need to deliver on what they signed off here.

Every single member state has signed off here on the high level meeting. It's not only simply a high-level meeting on AIDS but a high-level meeting on ending AIDS.

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