Statements and Webcast
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
H.E. Mr. Ulfuk Goksen, Permanent Observer
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
UFUK GOKCEN, Permanent Observer for the Organization of the Islamic Conference, said the scourge was a global crisis with disastrous consequences for the social and economic progress of all nations, including the organization’s member States. Ensuring universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support was the cornerstone in reversing the epidemic. A Memorandum of Understanding between the organization and the Global Fund, signed in May 2009, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two to combat the three diseases. Since the creation of the Global Fund, 46 member States of the organization had benefited in the form of $4 billion allocated for fighting HIV/AIDS, $3 billion for malaria, and $2 billion for tuberculosis. He noted that an event held on the sidelines of the General Assembly in 2010 had been aimed at increasing the number of countries in the organization contributing to the Global Fund.