Late last year, The United Nations General Assembly called for a High Level Meeting to take place in June this year to review of the progress achieved so far and to promote the continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to HIV.
2011 marks 30 years of AIDS and this meeting comes at a turning point in the global response. It will provide a critical opportunity not only to review progress made in addressing the epidemic, but also to identify remaining gaps and challenges and chart the way forward to sustain the response. It will also provide an opportunity to firmly position HIV in the broader global health and development context, including the Millennium Development Goals.
The outcome of this High Level Meeting will be a new ‘concise and action-oriented declaration that reaffirms and builds on the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS to guide and monitor the HIV/AIDS response beyond 2010.’
The declaration will be negotiated by Member States in the months before the HLM. NAPWHA will be working with the Australian government, through AusAIDAustralian Agency for International Development. Australian Government agency responsible for managing the Australian Government's official overseas aid program. and other civil society members, to support this review and a meaningful outcome.