Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Dagvadorj Ochirbat, Head of the Parliament's Standing Committee for social policy, education, culture and science
9 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
DAGVADORJ ORCHIBAT, Member of Parliament from Mongolia, said the HIV prevalence rate remained low in his country due to strengthened political commitment and continuous Government action. However, despite the decline in global HIV incidence, the epidemic continued to accelerate in some low-prevalence countries, including Mongolia, he noted, urging the international community to mobilize increased investment for countries currently reporting low-level epidemics in times of declining international funding for responses to HIV.
Expressing support for the “three zeros” campaign, he pledged that his country’s Government would work towards zero vertical transmission of HIV and zero new infections resulting from blood transfusions. Additionally, Mongolia would work to eliminate gender inequalities through an amended law on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, while continuously increasing the required financial resources within its national budget. A week before this week’s Meeting, he recalled, Mongolia, United Nations agencies, and other stakeholders had organized the Fifth National Forum on HIV/AIDS, which had played a crucial role in reviewing the current standing of national responses to HIV/AIDS and the progress made on Millennium Development Goal 6.