Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Than Swe, Permanent Representative
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
THAN SWE (Myanmar) said that weak national infrastructures, financing shortfalls, stigma, discrimination and gender inequality destabilized efforts to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and support. Current commitments were inadequate, and the Secretary-General’s call to strengthen the AIDS response should be heeded. Sufficient financial resources and assistance from the United Nations system and the international community should be mobilized, as that would be indispensable in effectively implementing the recommendations.
He said his country was now keeping abreast with the international community in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and was coordinating a national AIDS programme with the assistance of seven United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to help implement the UNAIDS “three ones principles”. Still, while 76,000 people were in need of antiretroviral drug treatment, only 30,000 were receiving it as at the end of 2010. Myanmar had tried its best with limited resources to overcome its difficulties in the fight, and had made remarkable progress in its national response. Prevalence among key populations had begun to decline, and among young adults, had dropped from 0.94 per cent in 2000 to 0.61 per cent in 2009.