Watch here  – UN General Assembly meeting to review progress on AIDS response (1 June)

It has been a year since the GA High-level meeting adopted, on 8 June, the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast Track to Accelerating the Fight against HIV and to Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030, setting bold targets and milestones to be achieved by 2020, as an important pre-requisite and enabler for the achievement of the SDGs.

On 1 June, the General Assembly will hold the first annual review of the progress made in implementing the 2016 Political Declaration. President of the General Assembly and Deputy Secretary-General are expected to address the meeting, to be followed by regional and national statements. The review will provide an opportunity for countries to report on their efforts, progress and challenges in meeting the bold targets set out in the Declaration, to deliberate on how to overcome the barriers and accelerate progress, as well as to reiterate their commitment to end AIDS by 2030 as part of the SDGs. A report of the Secretary-General(A/71/864, check the links for ArabicChinese,EnglishFrenchRussian and Spanish) will serve as the main document to inform the deliberations.The report conveys the following key messages:

  • Urgency of action to fast-track the response, including closing the funding gap;
  • Accelerate commitments on combination HIV prevention;
  • Continued scale-up of HIV testing and treatment;
  • Strengthening efforts to empower women and girls, young people, key populations and people living with HIV;
  • Refine and reinforce the operating model of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) so that it can more effectively support countries to achieve their commitments and remain within the vanguard of UN reform.

The review will be held as a regular plenary meeting. Active participation of representatives of civil society will not be possible under the GA rules. Organisations that have ECOSOC accreditation can attend as an observer. The meeting will also be webcast live in all 6 UN languages, as well as available on demand afterwards. You can access it here.