APPG Hosts World AIDS Day Event
On the 1st December the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS will host a parliamentary panel discussion exploring the need to reach the most marginalised in order to end AIDS by 2030. The panel will include Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development Baroness Verma, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott MP and will hear directly from young people affected by HIV, Alexa Dominich, Chan Aye San and Cristian Sanduescu.
World AIDS Day takes place Every year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity to show solidarity with those living with and affected by HIV. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the challenges ahead in the response to HIV. This year the theme for World AIDS Day is ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs were adopted in September 2015 by UN member states to galvanise efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by the year 2030. The final framework outlined in the agreed text contains 17 goals and 169 targets , including a target to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030.
If the aim of ending AIDS is to be achieved the bulk of the progress must take place in the next 5 years and must target those most at risk such as sex workers, people who inject drugs and LGBT communities. The event will explore these and related issues and will be co-chaired by Mike Freer MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS and Lord Crisp Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.
Later in the week there will be parliamentary debates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords to debate the UK’s role in meeting the target.