The Response

HIV is a global epidemic affecting people all over the world. It is much more than a health issue; its scale and impact have demanded a response that reaches far and wide.

In 2000, the world came together to identify the challenge it had set itself: the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 6, stated that by 2015 the world would have halted and begun the reversal of the global HIV epidemic. HIV cuts across all of the other MDG’s for example those relating to maternal health, education for all and nutrition. There is still a long way to go for these ambitions to become a reality.

Watch Dr Lynn Collins from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), explain more about the Millenium Development Goals and the role of the United Nations in the HIV agenda.

In June 2011, Heads of State and Government representatives assembled at the United Nations to review progress and to guide and intensify the global response to HIV and AIDS. Discuss the following points.

  • What do you understand to be the role of the UN?
  • Why do you think the UN meet to discuss the topic of HIV?
  • What do the speakers mean when they talk about ‘policies’ and ‘political commitment’?

British MP Pamela Nash Chair of All Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS, explains her position on HIV.

To what extent do you think the spread of HIV across the world should matter to us personally and to our government here in the UK?