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Sweden’s plenary statement at the High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS

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UN, New York, 8 june, 2016.

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Mr President,
Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

The science we know.
The knowledge we have.
The tools are there.

We can end AIDS in 2030.

But to stop the HIV epidemic
and the attitudes & discrimination that spread it,
to reach zero AIDS-related deaths,

we must now act.

Which will need real cooperation & coordination
across sectors, and borders.

Which The Political Declaration just adopted,
Agenda 2030, and the UNAIDS Fast-Track strategy,
will provide us with.
And which we will need to succeed.

Agenda 2030 is a unique opportunity for a real
and integrated response to HIV and AIDS.

It is an opportunity to make really improve the health of
Women and girls,
men and boys.

And it must also be fully grounded in human rights.

Ending AIDS means defeating HIV in everybody.
In all humans. Everywhere.

Regardless of ethnicity,
of age, sex, & disability.

Regardless of HIV status,
sexual orientation,
or gender identity.

Human health means human rights.
And vice versa.

Laws that criminalise or discriminate
against people's sexuality,
or their HIV status,
violate their human rights.

And every time a law or practice
violates those rights,
they sanction social stigma.

And such laws & social stigma
work directly against
universal care
and so against prevention.

Zero new infections,
means scaling up primary HIV prevention.
Prevention that only works
when based on science & the evidence.

So fully respecting human rights
is a prerequisite
to effectively treat & prevent HIV.

To really end AIDS
we must end discrimination
& stigma against people
who are LGBTQ ,
men who have sex with men,
people who inject drugs,
people who sell sex,
& people who live with HIV.

Ending AIDS means reaching populations at risk.
Globally more women of childbearing age
are killed by AIDS than by any other disease.

We must scale up efforts to reach women and adolescent girls.
And empower more girls & young women.

We must strengthen gender equality
– in Sweden, and all over the world.

And to put old, destructive attitudes,
behaviours and norms behind us
we must involve boys & men.

They too need access to sexuality education
& services for sexual health.

Those at risk also include all refugees and migrants.

They face real risks to their physical, mental & sexual health, and of HIV.

Asylum-seekers must be reassured
that any HIV status will not affect their application,
and that they are guaranteed access to treatment.

In ending AIDS knowledge is key.

Those vital decisions every girl,
and every woman, boy, & man makes
about their own body & their sexual life
must be informed decisions.

Everybody should have access
to comprehensive sexuality education.

Young people make up half the world's population,
yet their knowledge & needs are neglected.

They are part of the solution.

So young people must be included
in planning and implementing
HIV and SRHR-programs.

We must work with civil society
and other non-state actors too.

People living with HIV & key populations
know more about the problems & solutions
than many of us here.

Mr President,
let me assure you
of Sweden's full support
for the Political Declaration of this High-Level meeting, and the Fast-track To End AIDS in the age of Sustainable Development.

Sweden has reached the UNAIDS targets 90-90-90.

But this is a global Agenda,
for all people worldwide.

So all of us as Member States,
with civil society and the private sector,
must work together
for a fully effective approach to end AIDS
with all people.

Based on the science, on the evidence,
and ending stigma & discrimination.

And acting now.

Thank you.

 

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Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.

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Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.