On the 10th January 2018, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic, along with London Councils, Public Health England and NHS England. The ambition is to cut rates of new HIV infection in the capital and eliminate discrimination and stigma associated with the condition. Healthy London Partnership are hosting the Fast Track Cities ‘Kickstart Group’, which is tasked with preparatory work and engaging wider stakeholders in the lead up to the formation of the formal steering group.
What is the Fast Track Cities Initiative?
Fast-Track Cities is a global partnership between the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the City of Paris, in collaboration with local, national, regional, and international partners and stakeholders. The initiative was launched on World AIDS Day 2014 in Paris, where mayors from around the world convened to sign a Declaration on Fast-Track Cities (now known as the “Paris Declaration”) committing to accelerate and scale-up their local HIV responses. Additional cities have subsequently signed the Paris Declaration (e.g., Mumbai, San Francisco), and negotiations are ongoing to include more cities in the initiative. Focused on translating global goals, objectives, and targets into local implementation plans and actions, the Initiative builds upon, strengthens, and adds leverage to already existing HIV specific and related programmes and resources.
What is London signing up to as a Fast Track City?
All Fast Track Cities signed up to the “Paris Declaration” drafted and agreed at the time the Initiative was launched in Paris on 1st December 2014.
The commitments within the Declaration are:
- To end the AIDS epidemic in cities by 2030
- To put people at the centre of everything we do
- To address the causes of risk, vulnerability and transmission
- To use the HIV response for positive social transformation
- To build and accelerate an appropriate response to local needs
- To mobilise resources for integrated public health and development
- To unite as leaders