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AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration

AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration launched at International AIDS 2014 conference calls for the eradication of discrimination against people living with or at risk of HIV, to ensure equal access for all people to HIV prevention, treatment and care.

The declaration is available here: http://www.aids2014.org/declaration.aspx

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All In: ending the epidemic among adolescents

Adolescents aged 10–19 are among the people most neglected by the HIV response, yet AIDS is the second biggest contributor to adolescent death globally and the main contributor in sub-Saharan Africa. During a satellite session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, adolescents and young people, high-level government officials, donors, researchers and youth service providers explored ambitious but effective ways of better protecting this key group.

At the 20 July session, called Ending the Epidemic in Adolescents, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé announced a joint UNAIDS/UNICEF initiative entitled All In. The initiative aims to ensure that adolescents infected and affected by HIV are not left behind. It is intended to become a global movement to close the prevention and treatment gap and will be concentrated in 25 countries that represent 90% of AIDS-related deaths and 85% of new infections among adolescents.

To ensure that the movement is built from the grass roots and shaped by the meaningful involvement of the focused group, Mr Sidibé asked adolescents and young people to engage and help shape the way forward for All In.

The satellite session provided an opportunity to exchange information and ideas, with presentations of the latest data on the epidemic among adolescents, which show that comprehensive knowledge about the virus, condom use, HIV testing and treatment coverage are still low in most countries. Young people living with and affected by HIV also shared their experiences and challenged assembled government and United Nations officials to do more for the AIDS response.

In addition, highlights of a Youth Action Plan, developed at this year’s youth preconference event held on 18 and 19 July, were discussed. The plan is designed to ensure that young people are at the centre of the global movement to step up AIDS advocacy, policy and treatment.

Source: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2014/july/20140720adolescents/

CSO statement on Open Working Group 13 outcome document

Women's Major Group, representing 500 women's human rights, environment and development organizations that have engaged substantively in the negotiations of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), published a statement on the outcome document from OWG13 - proposal for SDGs.

WMG welcomes the progress achieved and raises critical red flags on the content and level of ambition encased in the proposed SDGs. The red flags reflect on insufficient attention on women's rights (SRHR and gender equality goals among other critical points), including no recognition of the necessity of providing comprehensive sexuality education to all young people, in and out of school.

Read the statement here, along with the press release available here.

Outcome document of the OWG13 on SDGs is now available

The General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals has agreed on a proposal for SDGs. The proposal is available hereThe 13th and last session of the OWG was held on July 14-18 but in practice ended late Saturday. The first phase of a 2-year policy process at the United Nations, in which member states proposed a new set of global goals for sustainable development has now officially ended. The new set of goals will replace the Millenium Development Goals and will determine the new development routes and funding commitments. ASTRA's representative from Georgia was part of the SRHR activists group working together with the Women's Major Group.

Joint Statement on SRHR delivered by 58 countries at OWG13

Joint Statement to the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

13th Session, July 14-18, 2014 – United Nations, New York

Delivered by H.E. Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko of South Africa on behalf of the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

We reaffirm our commitment to developing Sustainable Development Goals and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that leaves nobody behind, places people at the centre of development, and is rooted in human rights. The future agenda should aim at tackling the root causes of structural inequalities and discrimination for all members of humankind, and to achieving gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and ending gender-based violence, throughout their life cycle, with particular attention to those living in poverty, vulnerable groups, adolescents and youth.

In order to complete the ‘unfinished business’ of the Millennium Development Goals, and building on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and related agreements, the respect, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all must be an essential foundation of a universally-relevant, transformative, high-impact and cost-effective sustainable development agenda across its social, economic and environmental dimensions. They are key for addressing inequality, achieving poverty eradication, educational attainment and public health outcomes, fostering productivity, labour force participation and economic growth, reaping the rewards of demographic dividends, and improving environmental management, energy, food security, water and sanitation, and easing pressures on limited resources and ecosystems.

As fundamental human rights and freedoms for all people are critical to the sustainable development of all nations, we consider that the following targets should form an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda to be achieved by 2030: 

  • Under the  proposed goal on Health:

‘Achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, including quality, comprehensive, integrated and affordable sexual and reproductive health information, education and services that include modern methods of contraception’ 

  • Under the proposed goal on Gender Equality:

‘Ensure the respect, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all’ 

  • And under the proposed goal on Education:

‘Achieve universal access to comprehensive sexuality education for all young people, in and out of school, consistent with their evolving capacities'.

We respectfully request that this joint statement and its main contents be reflected in the report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to the 68th Session of the General Assembly. 

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