UN / WORLD AIDS REPORT

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In a new report, UNAIDS called on countries to “make far greater investments in global pandemic responses and adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 01 DECEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

01 DECEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Ninan Varughese, Director of the UNAIDS New York Office:
“UNAIDS is calling on countries to make far greater investments in global pandemic responses and adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.” 4.Wide shot, press briefing room
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Ninan Varughese, Director of the UNAIDS New York Office:
“As this report shows, the global HIV response was off track even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the collision of COVID-19 and HIV has sent it back further. The Fast-Track Targets, which expire at the end of this year, will not be achieved. Thirty-eight million people are living with HIV, with more than 12 million people waiting for life-saving HIV treatment. In 2019, 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV and 690 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Ninan Varughese, Director of the UNAIDS New York Office:
“These targets focus on a high coverage of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services together with the removal of impunity laws and policies and on reducing stigma and discrimination. These targets address the inequalities on which HIV, COVID-19 and other pandemics thrive and put people at the centre, especially the people most at risk and the marginalized—young women and girls, adolescents, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and gay men and other men who have sex with men.”
8.Wide shot, press briefing room

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In a new report, UNAIDS called on countries to “make far greater investments in global pandemic responses and adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”

Today (01 Dec) marks World AIDS Day. Speaking to reporters via a video link Director of the UNAIDS New York Office, Ninan Varughese said that the report shows, “the global HIV response was off track even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the collision of COVID-19 and HIV has sent it back further.”

He continued, “the Fast-Track Targets, which expire at the end of this year, will not be achieved. Thirty-eight million people are living with HIV, with more than 12 million people waiting for life-saving HIV treatment. In 2019, 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV and 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.”

Varughese also stated that to get the global HIV response back on track and to build on the gains made so far, UNAIDS is proposing a new set of targets for 2025 that, if achieved, will make the Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 possible.

He explained, “these targets focus on a high coverage of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services together with the removal of impunity laws and policies and on reducing stigma and discrimination.”

Varughese continued, “these targets address the inequalities on which HIV, COVID-19 and other pandemics thrive and put people at the centre, especially the people most at risk and the marginalized—young women and girls, adolescents, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and gay men and other men who have sex with men.”

The new report is named Prevailing against pandemics by putting people at the centre.
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