2006 High-Level Meeting on AIDS: Uniting the world against AIDS
United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS)

2006 High-Level Meeting on AIDS: Uniting the world against AIDS

In 2006 UN Member States met to review progress achieved in realizing the targets set out in the 2001 Declaration on HIV/AIDS. A Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was adopted unanimously by Member States on 2 June 2006 at the close of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. It reaffirms the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals, in particular the goal to halt and begin to reverse the spread of AIDS by 2015.

The Political Declaration also recognized the “urgent need to scale up significantly towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support by 2010.”

The present report provides an update on progress in the global AIDS response since the 2001 special session, identifies critical challenges that must be addressed and makes urgent recommendations to strengthen efforts at the global, regional and country levels.

The central message of the present report is that a quarter of a century into the epidemic, the global AIDS response stands at a crossroads. The important progress made against AIDS since the special session — particularly in terms of greater resources, stronger national policy frameworks, wider access to treatment and prevention services and broad consensus on the principles of effective country-level action — provides a solid foundation on which to build a comprehensive full-scale response. In effect, for the first time ever the world possesses the means to begin to reverse the global epidemic. But success will require unprecedented willingness on the part of all actors in the global response to fulfil their potential, embrace new ways of working with each other and be committed to sustaining the response over the long term.

Failure to urgently strengthen the AIDS response will mean that the world will achieve neither the 2010 targets of the Declaration of Commitment nor Millennium Development Goal 6. And without major progress in tackling AIDS, global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty, hunger and childhood mortality will similarly fall short of agreed targets. Countries whose development is already flagging because of AIDS will continue to weaken, potentially threatening social stability and national security.


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