High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
June 2, 2013
A special panel of world leaders has handed in their recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on the future of global sustainable development and they believe that ending extreme poverty by 2030 is possible. The High-Level Panel Report outlines a vision to frame the global agenda after the current Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. STOP AIDS NOW! has provided input through the national, regional and thematic consultations that have informed the deliberations of the High-Level Panel.
STOP AIDS NOW! is pleased
STOP AIDS NOW! is pleased that the report acknowledges and seeks to build on the significant role the Millennium Development Goals have played in forging progress on key global challenges. We welcome the importance it places on completing the unfinished business of the unmet Millennium Development Goals. This is particularly relevant for HIV where, despite the progress achieved in scaling up the global response in recent years, we are still facing challenges to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
Finishing the unfinished business
The report states that bringing an end to extreme poverty by 2030 is now achievable if governments, UN agencies, civil society and the business sector work closely together to tackle the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalized. However, the High-Level Panel members acknowledge that this requires a significant change in how we all address the structural barriers that lie at the root of inequality (including ensuring access to justice, laws and institutions that protect human rights) and a more equal distribution of wealth, goods and services within and across countries. The AIDS response has demonstrated clearly that involvement of the most affected communities and recognition of the key role communities play in providing services and advocating for their rights is crucial.
The report recognises and tries to fill the gaps of the Millennium Development Goals. One of these gaps is the need for an overarching health goal. Therefore, we welcome the inclusion of the fourth goal of Ensuring Healthy Lives. This goal combines a strong focus on realising the unmet health related Millennium Development Goals and new challenges facing the world. Reaffirming the importance of investing in child and maternal mortality, sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as in HIV, TB, malaria and neglected tropical diseases is key to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals and finishing the unfinished business.
From goals to concrete indicators
STOP AIDS NOW! shares the High-Level Panel’s broader vision on the key role for civil society organisations and community-based organisations in shaping the agenda as well as in its implementation and monitoring. Now the indicative goals and targets need concrete indicators. As the process of consultation goes forward, STOP AIDS NOW! will seek to strengthen support for strong and ambitious indicators to realise the achievement of the current unmet health related Millennium Development Goals.