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Outcome of General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS


STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
New York, 10 June 2011 - The Secretary-General welcomes the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS adopted by the General Assembly today.

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Future of AIDS response focus of General Assembly High Level Meeting

General Assembly, UNThirty years into the AIDS epidemic. the world will come together to review progress and chart the future course of the global AIDS response at the 2011 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS from 8–10 June 2011 in New York.

United Nations Member States are expected to adopt a new Declaration that will reaffirm current commitments and commit to actions to guide and sustain the global AIDS response. Principal actors in the AIDS movement will join world leaders at critical crossroads

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Security Council: HIV/AIDS a Security issue

UN Security CouncilThe Security Council underlined the continuing need for urgent and coordinated global action to curb the impact of HIV and AIDS in conflict and post-conflict situations, while recognizing the important role United Nations peacekeeping operations can play in responding to the epidemic.

The meeting marks only the second time that the 15-member body has discussed HIV and AIDS in the Council. In January 2000, the Council adopted resolution 1308 in which it recognized the potential of the epidemic, if unchecked, to pose a risk to stability and security. It also focused on the potential of HIV/AIDS to affect the health of UN peacekeeping personnel.

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Global AIDS response showing results

AIDS at 30: Nations at the crossroadsThe global response to AIDS has achieved significant results since the first case was reported 30 years ago, with a record number of people having access to treatment and rates of new HIV infections falling by nearly 25 per cent, the United Nations says in a new report.

AIDS at 30: Nations at the crossroads,” released  by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), comes ahead of a three-day high-level event at UN Headquarters (8-10 June) focusing on efforts to combat the epidemic.

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HIV positive women “agents of change”

UN Women logoThe United Nations agency charged with gender equality and women’s empowerment has presented concrete areas of focus and goals for the three-day (8-10 June), high-level meeting on AIDS at UN Headquarters.

The agency, UN Women, said in a press statement that they would put forward several key recommendations, including: empower HIV positive women as “agents of change”; facilitate better access for women to prevention, treatment and care services; ensure adequate financing for women’s needs and priorities; and address violence against women.

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