The Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who is attending the United Nations High Level Meeting on ending AIDS in New York, is expected to highlight the progress made in Ghana’s response to HIV and AIDS, particularly in the last five years, as well as the challenges.
The Vice President is expected to celebrate civil society, community-based organisations, donor partners and other stakeholders in the progress made so far as well as rally support for more to be done, especially by the global community within the SDG era, to stop new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic.
The High Level meeting comes as a new report issued by UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010.
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Ending AIDS by 2030 is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals, which United Nations Member States adopted unanimously in 2015.
The lessons learned in responding to HIV/AIDS will play an instrumental role in the success of many of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably Sustainable Development Goal 3, good health and well-being, and the goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, reduced inequalities, global partnerships and just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Vice President is due to return home over the weekend.