United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report today on the global AIDS epidemic outlining the progress against the pandemic to date and calling on all stakeholders to endorse the report’s recommendations and use them to work towards six global targets by 2015:
- Reduce by 50 percent the sexual transmission of HIV – including among key populations, such as young people, men who have sex with men, and in the context of sex work – and prevent all new HIV infections as a result of injecting drug use
- Eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child
- Reduce tuberculosis deaths by 50 percent in people living with HIV
- Ensure HIV treatment for 13 million people
- Reduce the number of countries with HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence by 50 percent
- Ensure equal access to education for children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS
The report sets the stage for the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, June 8-10, 2011, in New York by creating a framework for a new “declaration” that will be issued there. The report entitled “Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” and more information about the High Level Meeting on AIDS can be found on the UNAIDS website.