Last month, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The¬†UNAIDS 2016‚Äď2021 Strategy¬†is one of the first in the United Nations system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
This is very encouraging news! There are¬†currently around¬†36.7 million people living with HIV, so the goal of ending the epidemic by 2030 is pleasingly ambitious. And the virus can decimate lives, including leaving children as orphans, vulnerable and at risk of exploitation and extreme poverty. So, ending the AIDS epidemic could hardly be more important.