International AIDS Society

Universal Access Now

2010 is the deadline the international community set to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for all those in need. This commitment was first made by the Group of 8 (G8) in 2005, and was subsequently endorsed by all UN Member States at the 2005 UN Millennium Summit and then incorporated in the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.  

While there has been significant progress towards universal access in recent years, this progress remains fragile, and is now threatened by inadequate financial and political support.  

The IAS has launched a major advocacy campaign to hold world leaders accountable for their promise to fund universal access. We look forward to working with our membership and our partners to building an ever stronger and more vocal movement in support of universal access.

(left to right) UK Minister of State for International Development Gareth Thomas, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, singer/songwriter and activist Annie Lennox, Global Fund Executive Director and IAS Governing Council Member Michel Kazatchkine and IAS President Julio Montaner (London, 9 March 2010) 

Key Upcoming Events

Between now and mid-summer, three key events – the Global Fund Replenishment meetings and the summits of G8 and G20 nations – will determine whether the world continues to act to end this epidemic, or whether we add universal access to a growing list of broken global health promises. 

The IAS calls on political leaders to:
  • Fully fund the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria at the meeting with donor nations in the Netherlands on 24 -25 March, and with bold pledges in October.
  • Ensure, over the coming months of ministerial meetings and communiqué planning, that AIDS – including a recommitment to universal access – is high on the agenda for the G8 and G20 summits in June.
  • Ensure that African nations live up to the commitment they made on health spending as part of the Abuja Declaration in 2001.
  • Move quickly to adopt innovative financing schemes such as the Financial Transactions Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that will raise billions for global health, and do more to strengthen global economies than any banker bonus.
  • Integrate more proactive strategies, to scale up HIV testing and treatment so that people can benefit from HIV treatment for their own health and to prevent transmission. This is key not only to saving the lives of people who are already living HIV, but also to reducing new HIV infections over the longer term.

G8 and G20 Members

The Group of Eight (G8) is comprised of heads of state from the following countries:
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
The Group of 20 (G20) is comprised of the finance ministers and central bank governors from all G8 member states plus:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • European Union
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey



IAS Policy Brief

Universal Access by 2010: Scaling Up for Success

This paper presents the evidence in support of increased financial resources and political commitments to meet the goal of universal access.
(March 2010)

Will We End the HIV Epidemic?

The Impact of HIV Treatment on HIV Prevention and Implications for the 2010 Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
(March 2010)

Making Motherhood
and Childhood Safer:
Scaling Up AIDS Services Accelerates
Progress Towards All Health Goals
(June 2010)

Key Dates in 2010

24-25 March
1st Global Fund Meeting, Third Replenishment (2011-2013)
The Hague, The Netherlands

17-22 May
World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland

25-26 June
G8 Summit
Muskoka, Canada

26-27 June
G20 Summit
Toronto, Canada

18-23 July
AIDS 2010
Vienna, Austria

20-22 September
UN MDG Review Meeting
New York, USA

4-5 October
2nd Global Fund Meeting, Third Replenishment (2011 – 2013)
New York, USA

1 December
World AIDS Day

In the News

(10 May 2010)
Is Universal Access for HIV a Realistic Goal?

(9 March 2010)
Aids - An ongoing emergency in which lives will continue to cost money

(8 March 2010)
Ahead of high-level meeting on universal access in London, Guardian features guest blog by Robin Gorna

(20 February 2010)
IAS Urges G8 to Follow Through on 2005 Commitment to Universal Access by 2010 as Part of New Maternal and Child Health Initiative

Credits: UNAIDS/G.Pirozzi

(20 November 2009)
IAS Governing Council Concludes With Call to G8 to Honour Their Commitments to Universal Access by 2010 and Fund the Global Fund