About a new sustainable development agenda until 2030

06.10.2015 г.

The UN General Assembly adopted a new agenda for sustainable development. 193 world leaders committed themselves to implement 17 goals with 169 targets aimed to achieve common prosperity and well-being for all people in the world during the next 15 years. New goals and objectives are comprehensive and indivisible and provide a balance of all three components of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

A significant place among the new sustainable development goals (SDG) takes combating infectious diseases as an essential element to achieve a healthy life and wellbeing of people of all ages.

In accordance with SDG international community will make efforts to put an end to the AIDS epidemic, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases during the next 15 years, to ensure the fight against hepatitis, diseases transmitted through water and other infectious diseases, provide support for research and development of vaccines and medicines to treat infectious diseases.

It is also necessary to stop preventable deaths of newborns and children under the age of five years, one of the main reasons of which remain infectious diseases.

The Russian Federation is traditionally an active participant in the international efforts to combat infectious diseases. Considering the urgency of issues to combat infections such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, emerging infections, including avian influenza for the international community, the Russian Federation focuses on the development of cooperation in this field through the work of almost all intergovernmental forums using its political leadership and scientific potential. So the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) has initiated discussion with partners in the SCO and BRICS of issues combating infectious diseases within the framework of the Russian chairmanship in these international associations.

Rospotrebnadzor in accordance with the orders of the Government of the Russian Federation assists the developing countries in their fight against infections that threaten the health of the population and have a negative impact on the economy and development. Since 2006 Rospotrebnadzor have implemented assistance programs to partner countries in the prevention and fight against HIV/AIDS, avian influenza, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, polio, measles and rubella. The assistance aims to strengthening laboratory capacity, training of specialists, and provision of organizational and methodological support to health systems of recipient countries. This year Rospotrebnadzor continues to implement programs of assistance to the CIS countries in the fight against measles and rubella and HIV/AIDS launched a program to assist countries in the implementation of the International Health Regulations. Russia is contributing as well to the funding of the leading international initiatives to combat infections - the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Mechanism of preliminary obligations of vaccine procurement.

Due to the Russian assistance programs the national capacity of the partner countries is significantly strengthened, primarily in the CIS region, on monitoring, prevention, detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases that directly contributes to facing the world community goals for the elimination of the most widespread infectious diseases.