The UK has continued discussions with G8 partners on how to take forward the Gleneagles commitment to achieve universal access to HIV treatment for all those who need it by 2010. On 2 June 2006, the UN General Assembly agreed a political declaration on AIDS which commits to providing additional resources from donor countries and from national budgets. This follows the UNAIDS estimate that $20-23 billion dollars will be needed annually by 2010 to provide universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment care and support. The political declaration commits to ensure that costed, credible national HIV/AIDS plans are developed and funded, and include ambitious national targets for achieving universal access by 2010. The UK has also sought G8 commitment to ensure that the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and malaria has sufficient resources.
The UK has committed to spend £1.5 billion to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS between 2005-06 and 2007-08. We are working with UNAIDS who are leading the global effort of other donors, multilateral agencies, civil society and the private sector to ensure that additional resources are committed to support our efforts to achieve universal access.