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New York, 10 June 2011

Madam Deputy Secretary General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This has been a very important week in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The world has watched as we forged a new Declaration that will shape the endgame of the AIDS epidemic. In this declaration, Member states have committed to clear targets to:

These bold new targets set by world leaders will accelerate our push to reduce the transmission of HIV.

I have been heartened by the resolve shown by Heads of State and Government this week. Heads of State gathered to share ideas on owning their own response and securing sustainable and innovative sources of support. Mothers and their future children will benefit immeasurably from the new “Global Plan towards eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive”, launched yesterday.
The Security Council on Tuesday adopted an important resolution on HIV/AIDS in Peacekeeping which addressed the issue of sexual violence and the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations.

The challenge that now remains is to implement these commitments and here leadership and mutual accountability are crucial.

Let me take this opportunity to thank once again the facilitators who have led the negotiations towards this declaration, His Excellency Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia, and His Excellency Mr. Charles Ntwaagae, Permanent Representative of Botswana, for their dedicated effort. Let me also thank the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and all their co-sponsors for their support throughout this process.

As I said at the opening of this high-level meeting: We must succeed. We must win our battle against AIDS.


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