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February 2015 Members eNewsletter
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August 2015

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The new development agenda is a global achievement and victory for women and girls living with HIV.

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) celebrates the agreement reached by 193 governments on a historical new sustainable development agenda to be carried out over the next 15 years. The agenda will be formally adopted at the UN General Assembly in September and includes many significant victories for women and girls living with HIV. ICW has been actively engaging in and monitoring the Post-2015 processes, working to ensure that the needs of women and girls living with HIV are represented in the agenda.

ICW ISC member Deloris Dockrey monitors developments at the Civil Society Interactive Hearings on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in May


At the center of the agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire this year. Particularly important to women and girls living with HIV are Goal 3, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages as well as Goal 5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

In this agenda, governments have committed to:

  • Human rights and gender equality
  • The empowerment of people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Ending the AIDS epidemic (Goal 3, Target 3)
  • Achieving universal coverage and access to quality health care (Goal 3, Target 8)
  • Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services (Goal 3, Target 7)
  • Ensuring universal access to reproductive rights (Goal 5, Target 6)
  • Eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls (Goal 5, Target 2)
  • Reducing maternal and infant mortality (Goal 3, Targets 1 and 2)
  • Ending poverty and hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and ensuring equitable quality education for all (Goals 1, 2, and 4)
  • Ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls (Goal 5, Target 1)

This new development agenda holds the promise of being truly transformative for all women and girls around the world, by more robustly recognizing and prioritizing human rights and gender equality than the MDGs. However, the agenda could be stronger in terms of accountability and better address power imbalances particularly in finance and trade and funding of the agenda.

The most recent text is available here. Please note this is not the final text.

Member states will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 25-27 to formally adopt the SDGs, which come into effect in January 2016.

This coming year provides the opportunity to advocate for a continued strong commitment by governments to address the needs of women living with HIV in all our diversities. Networks of women living with HIV should monitor discussions at the country level regarding how governments will begin to implement this agenda. We must continue to work to ensure that governments follow through on their commitments to achieve these goals with the full and meaningful participation of communities at the heart of the SDGs.



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