SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Achievement of AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility

While the U.S. is committed to the global fight against AIDS, it needs global support efforts to keep up the momentum to achieve an AIDS-free generation, a U.S. representative said on Tuesday.

Terri Robl, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, made the remarks on Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly. The testimony was part of a hearing on the implementation of the declaration of commitment on HIV/AIDS and the political declarations on HIV/AIDS. Robl described recent U.S. efforts against the deadly disease.

"Under President Obama's leadership, the United States has continued to strengthen commitment to (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which this year marks its 10 year anniversary," Robl said. "On November 29, the United States government released the PEPFAR Blueprint, which captures the experience and lessons learned over the last 10 years and provides a clear outline for how PEPFAR will work to help bring countries to-and beyond-the programmatic tipping point in their epidemics. The United States is proud of the contribution that PEPFAR has made to the global AIDS fight, and we appreciate references made to the program by other delegations in their statements in this body."

Robl said the U.S. is committed to global efforts to scale up HIV high impact prevention, treatment and care interventions to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. She said the U.S. will need help, however, to create an AIDS-free generation.

"Towards this end, the United States calls on all nations to support the achievement of the ambitious goals set forth in the Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment cycle," Robl said. "President Obama's FY 2014 budget of $1.65 billion for the Global Fund is a strong demonstration of our support, and we challenge other donors to increase their contributions."

Robl closed by saying the world must come together to increase momentum and focus on HIV as a measurable component for global health goals through 2015 and beyond.