Statements and Webcast
International Organization For Migration
H. E. Ms. Rosilyne Borland, speaking on behalf of William Lacy Swing
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
ROSILYNE BORLAND, speaking on behalf of William Lacy Swing, International Organization for Migration, said that in order for the bold vision set out by UNAIDS to be achieved, countries needed to focus their HIV prevention strategies on those facing the highest risk of HIV infection. HIV strategies must also begin to have an impact on the social determinant of health, which required cooperation across sectors, across borders, and with a wide range of partners. Nowhere was that truer than with migrants. Numbering more than 1 billion worldwide, migrants were not a homogenous group, and those in need of HIV information and services were often overlooked in national and regional HIV strategies. Those diverse groups had varying levels of HIV risk and vulnerability, and the health of migrants was the shared responsibility of origin, transit and destination countries. The international community should partner together in order to ensure that migrants, regardless of their legal migration status, also enjoyed the right to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health.