10 June 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes General Assembly’s Adoption of HIV/AIDS Declaration,


Says ‘With Global Solidarity, We Can End This Epidemic Once and for All’


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, adopted by the General Assembly today.

He is encouraged that Member States have agreed to clear and measurable targets, in particular for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2015.  This is an absolute imperative if we are to succeed in realizing our vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

The Secretary-General calls on Member States to move quickly to honour their commitments and reach the life-saving goals they have set, and to take all measures to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015.

He calls on Governments, networks of people living with HIV, civil society organizations, the private sector and international organizations to redouble their efforts, including by making available the necessary investment of between $22 billion and $24 billion by 2015.

With global solidarity, we can end this epidemic once and for all.

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