Following on a proposal by the UN Secretary-General, the General Assembly will convene a summit on 20-22 September on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the primary objective to accelerate progress towards the MDGs by 2015.
The MDGs were originally adopted in 2000 and incorporate key goals and targets of the broader development agenda, agreed upon by world leaders and other stakeholders at different UN Summits and Conferences.
Three of the MDGs are health-related - Goal 4 (children's health), Goal 5 (women's health) and Goal 6 (halt AIDS, TB and other infectious diseases). UNITAID works to contribute to all three of these goals by providing quality treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB, with particular attention to women and children. In addition, UNITAID contributes to Goal 8 (global partnerships) by engaging the pharmaceutical industry to collaborate to increase access to medicines.
UNITAID also represents one of the first innovative financing mechanisms set up to help achieve the MDGs by providing additional funding for health and by spending those funds in innovative, cost-effective ways.
The Chair of UNITAID, Philippe Douste-Blazy, is also Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Innovative Financing for Development.