Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mrs. Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative
9 June 2011
- Statement: French (Check against delivery)
ISABELLE PICCO (Monaco) said that the collective political awakening to the plight of HIV must further be strengthened in the current vital period. The promise in 2006 to provide universal access for HIV care, coupled with the development of new research in the field of combating the disease was responsible for promising progress, but the international community needed to go further.
Inequalities persisted according to gender and region, and 9 million people were still waiting for antiretroviral treatments. Reducing infection was a matter of education, prevention, and de-stigmatization. Improving communications methods would make this task easier, so that human rights could be upheld. As a roving United Nations AIDS ambassador, Princess Stephanie of Monaco was involved in the struggle against discrimination. In closing, she praised possible upcoming cooperation with pharmaceutical companies to increase access to necessary drugs for those in need.