As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches the United Nations, governments, civil society and other global and national stakeholders are involved in a series of processes that will determine the new development goals. These processes are evolving quickly without strong participation of HIV and AIDS groups or stakeholders.
It is highly important that the HIV and broader global health communities are at the centre of the post-2015 decision making processes to ensure health and HIV goals remain as ambitious in the future framework as they are in the current framework. There are key opportunities for the HIV community to engage in these processes and to influence for the inclusion of HIV in the post-2015 development framework.
A High-Level Panel has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015. The panel will deliver a report with recommendations informed by country and global thematic consultations1. Donors such as the European Union and the UK Government have also conducted consultations to develop their positions on the post-2015 framework. A number of parallel processes will also inform the final set of development goals, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals as a follow-up from the Rio+20 Summit2 and the 20 year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+20).
This paper aims to support discussion and engagement with the post-2015 development agenda among the HIV community. It explores the barriers and opportunities for including HIV in the process and suggests how HIV and related global health needs should be addressed in the new development framework.
The MDGs are a set of eight time-bound targets for reducing extreme poverty globally by 20153. They have provided a global framework for development, which has been effective in increasing political and financial commitment to programmes benefitting the poorest and most vulnerable populations and in holding governments and donors accountable on progress made. The three health-related MDGs4 have created a focus on health within broader development, resulting in health becoming a key objective of development cooperation and policies.
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