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President Ashe meets with Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 30 January 2014

President Ashe meets with Mr. Michel SidibéThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe met today with Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Mr. Sidibé briefed the President on the current status of the UNAIDS work programme. The Executive Director noted that much progress has been achieved in breaking the trajectory of the disease, as 10 million people are currently benefitting from treatment while recording a significant decline in mortality.

Despite the significant progress, the Executive Director noted that a major concern for UNAIDS is the 18 million people waiting for treatment; particularly in the poorest countries and among the most vulnerable segments of society. He reiterated that the most affected are young people, women and girls and underscored that prevention programmes should continue to inform about the disease and explained that early treatment is key to significantly reducing transmission rates.

Mr. Sidibé further noted the cross-cutting nature of HIV/AIDS to a number of the President's High-level events and thematic debates; in particular the High-level events on the Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and to the thematic debate on the Role of Partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He expressed his support and that of UNAIDS to the President's initiatives.

President of the General Assembly John W. Ashe (left ) Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)