SDG SERIES: Are the SDGs the Vehicle to End AIDS by 2030?

sdggoal3by Allan Maleche

September 17, 2015. This month’s UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 global development agenda will provide an opportunity for States to endorse 17 new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The goals, built on the momentum from implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015, will guide economic, environmental and social initiatives for the next 15 years.

SDG 3, the overarching goal on health issues, seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. Target 3.3 is, “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.” There are several other goals and targets in the proposed SDGs that are relevant to ending AIDS by 2030; these include goals 1-5, 8, 10, 11, 16 and 17. It is therefore useful to look at the SDGs as whole to assess how they might impact issues of HIV. [Full article.]

The author, Allan Maleche, is a Kenyan human rights attorney and a visiting scholar this semester at the Harvard FXB Center.

Originally published on the website of  Harvard FXB Center’s Health and Human Rights Journal.