3-4 June 2015 Luxembourg will organise a debate during the European Development Days “90-90-90 an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic”

In view of the upcoming Presidency of the European Union, the European Year for Development and Luxembourg’s key role in UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 treatment target, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs is organising a lab debate at the European Development Days.

This lab session at the EDDs will aim to:

Build global support to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, while engaging a wide variety of actors to advocate for 90-90-90.
Identify best practices on how to successfully implement the 90-90-90 treatment target in different contexts.
Further explore how we can ensure that the successes so far will not be lost through complacency but rather surpassed through continuous engagement by all actors.
The session will consist of an introduction by Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, and panelists will include Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and Daouda Diouf, Director of ENDA-Santé. Marc Angel, Ambassador for the 90-90-90 treatment target programme and Chair of the Luxembourg parliamentary Commission on Foreign Affairs will be the moderator.

About 90-90-90

A powerful global consensus has emerged that we now have the means to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. To this end, a broad cross-section of key constituencies – including country leaders, global statesmen, major donors, United Nations partners, leading scientific experts, and a broad coalition of civil society – welcomed the launch of a new global treatment target for 2020: (a) 90% of people living with HIV know their serological status, (b) 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral treatment, and (c) 90% of all people receiving ARV treatment have durable viral suppression – the 90-90-90 target. Luxembourg has built a strong partnership with UNAIDS to champion 90-90-90 using its leadership, including its EU presidency in the second semester of 2015, to drive forward this ambitious new target. The next five years will thus be crucial for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

About the EDDs

2015 is the European Year for Development (EYD2015) and the European Development Days (EDD15) will be its flagship event.

The focus for EDD15 echoes the motto of the European Year for Development - ‘Our world, our dignity, our future’. This year’s programme will be structured around 4 themes and 12 topics, of which one theme will be the right to health.

Each year, the forum attracts about 5,000 participants from over 140 countries, representing 1,200 organizations from the fields of development cooperation, human rights and humanitarian aid. The EU also engages political leaders, development practitioners, the private sector and civil society in shaping the EU’s policies for tackling poverty worldwide. EDD is an incubator of new ideas to inform the shared aim of a poverty-free, sustainable and fair world.

This year, young adults aged 21 to 26 from all over the world will be invited to join different panel sessions to share their experience and their vision of development, therefore actively engaging in shaping the decisions that will affect them and their future.

Participants will address issues such as the conditions for creating sustainable growth, the promotion of universal and fundamental rights, including the right to health, or how greater cooperation among all actors can help to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality.

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