UN to scale up fight against AIDS
The 193 UN member states on Wednesday renewed their commitments to reducing the global numbers of people newly infected with HIV to fewer than 500,000 per year and people dying from AIDS to fewer than 500,000 per year by 2020, according to the political declaration, Xinhua news agency reported.
The document was adopted at a high-level meeting on ending AIDS. The meeting aims to focus attention on a fast-track approach to respond to the epidemic.
UN statistics show that young women and girls, sex workers, prisoners, gay men, transgender people and people who inject drugs are being left behind in the response.
Addressing the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is "a window of opportunity" to radically change the trajectory of the epidemic and put an end to AIDS forever over the next five years.
He called on the international community to reinforce the approach by ensuring funding for AIDS response, removing punitive laws that violate people's dignity, and also making sure that everyone affected have access to comprehensive HIV services.
According to the most recent report published by UNAIDS, declines in new infections among adults have slowed alarmingly in recent years. Every year, the number of new adult infections remained static at about 1.9 million.