Thank you, Chair.
The NGO Delegation welcomes this update on the AIDS response on the post-2015 agenda.
Clearly, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is one path in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the world has taken on since its adoption in September 2015. What is even more clear now is the importance of how the efforts to achieving the end of AIDS is relevant not just to one Goal, but to a number of Goals, and how a multisectoral approach is necessary to effectively respond not just to the global epidemic, but to ensuring that we are able to reach the ambitious targets that we set in the 17 Goals of the SDGs in the next 15 years.
In the last 15 years, we have seen how HIV and AIDS have changed everything: the varying but increasing political commitments towards ensuring that targets are met and the efforts to ensure that the AIDS movement is well-funded. This would not be possible without the tireless efforts of communities to participate in these processes, particularly of key populations including people living with HIV, women, and young people. Most importantly, in the last 15 years, we communities changed the global social movement.
In 2009, in one of the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Task Force on AIDS on young key populations, we called for attention on the lack of spaces where young gay men and other men who have sex with men, young transgender people, young people who use drugs, young people who sell sex, young people living with HIV, including young key affected women and girls, can participate in decision-making processes; that we are not just speakers to give testimonials about our experiences growing up and for the decision-makers to decide our fate. We know what is best for our communities, and with the right support in building our capacities and leadership, in working together with governments, we can take the lead in the HIV response. Today, we see young key population-led organizations in countries like South Korea where young PLHIVs come together and help each other, despite the difficult stigmatizing environment. We see LGBTI youth movements in the Pacific talking directly to their Presidents demanding for the recognition of their rights. Communities have changed the landscape of HIV and AIDS.
As we move forward in our discussion on the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, let us continue to raise the leadership of communities once more. At the 2016High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, we want to make sure that communities are part of this process. After all, there will be no HLM without us.