Leaders have signed a key commitment to end the global Aids epidemic in cities by 2030, at an appropriate end Independent and Evening StandardAIDS Campaign.
In a statement signed yesterday during the Global AIDS Forum, they agreed to "work to zero zero HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths."
They again welcomed the commitment to "mobilizing resources", "addressing the causes" and "unifying leaders" to end Aids in their cities and meeting the goals of the United Nations of 90:90:90.
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These goals aim to receive at least 90 per cent of HIV-aware persons who know their status, 90 per cent of them are treated, and 90 per cent of those who are treated to have an "invisible viral load" – where the levels of blood virus are so low that can not be transmitted.
Signatories were Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Regional Commissioner Rob Pitts of Atlanta, Tim Martino of UNAIDS and Jose Zuniga, President of the International Association of AIDS Care Providers. Representatives from London also signed together with Anne Aslet, Chief Executive Officer of the Elton John Foundation for AIDS.
Mr Sonko said: "This is our commitment as leaders to ensure that by 2030 we do not have the spread of AIDS anymore … leaders from different cities should demonstrate our commitment in the strongest way." Pitts said: "Signing the declaration is a demonstration of re-commitment [appeal] spread knowledge, inform the public, and communicate with the people involved. You can find out what other people are doing … and it's an exchange of ideas that is so important. "
London's health chief, Vicky Hobart, said: "It's nice to see so many partners in London committed to what we are trying to do … London is in a great position to cooperate, and learn from others cities ".
Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock committed the government to end new HIV transmissions, not only in London, but also in England, by 2030.
The Secretary of International Development, Peni Mordunt, said at the forum: "While the world has made great strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS, we need to intensify our efforts. The extent of our ambition is clear, we all passionately believe that we can create a future for the riots for the world, and I know that we will go. "
The one-day forum urged international experts to discuss issues such as preventing a combination such as PrEP and self-testing, HIV in transgender communities and drug users, and using data and analyzes to help the most vulnerable struggles against the epidemic.
Independent and Evening Standardthe AIDS campaign, which began in December, ends on Friday. She told the stories about people living with HIV around the world and shared expert comments on medical developments. All funds raised will go to programs supported by the Elton John Foundation for AIDS.
The findings of the event will be used to help plan the first World Fast Track Conference in Barbacan in September. Supported by the Mayor of London, it will collect 250 cities that are working to accelerate response to diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis.
Mr Zuniga, who will organize the conference, welcomed what was achieved yesterday: "This forum allows us to celebrate [the cities’] successes, but also openly talking about the challenges we face … We will take the lessons learned from this forum and bring them to other cities. "
Paul Stolls, vice president of Johnson and Johnson, who sponsored the forum, said: "No organization, government or NGO can not get the fight against HIV … co-operation, constant efforts and increased resources are needed, true global efforts. .. I am optimistic that with the continuing innovations and the types of cooperation that we have seen here, we can achieve that goal. "
The money collected from public donations through the AIDS complaint will be used to support Elton John's AIDS projects in six key cities around the world (London, Nairobi, Atlanta, Kiev, Delhi and Maputo). Through the UK help match, the UK government will double public donations to £ 2m to be spent through projects in Maputo and Nairobi.