Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) reflects and responds to the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of health and development, including widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, threats to climate and the environment, pervasive gender inequalities, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases and the emergence of new health challenges, such as the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Universality, sustainability and ensuring that no one is left behind are hallmarks of the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that many areas of development impact health or an important health dimension and that multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are essential to addressing health-related development challenges. In alignment with the overarching goal of the SDGs to “leave no one behind,” a May 2016 report of the United Nations Secretary General, On the Fast-Track to end the AIDS epidemic, noted that “we must reinforce rights-based approaches including those that foster gender equality and empower women.”  In the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, UN Member States noted with alarm the slow progress in responses among key populations and the fact that many national programmes do not provide sufficient HIV-related services to key populations.