MEDIA ADVISORY

UNITED NATIONS TO HOLD FIRST SPECIAL SESSION ON HIV/AIDS, 25-27 JUNE 2001 

Governments Will Convene to Plan Intensified Action to Combat the Global Epidemic 

The United Nations will hold a Special Session on HIV/AIDS to galvanize leadership at the highest levels, intensify international action and mobilize the resources needed to combat the epidemic.  The Special Session, to take place from 25 to 27 June 2001 at  UN Headquarters in New York, will be the first ever to address a public health issue.  

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and high-level government delegations will address:

Governments are expected to adopt a Declaration of Commitment setting targets and timetables. In addition to statements in the Plenary, four interactive round tables will discuss human rights, international funding and cooperation, prevention and care, and the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS. These will involve participants from NGOs, the private sector and other civil society groups.  A full programme of press conferences and special events will provide additional media opportunities.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

UN accreditation required for all journalists.  Media accreditation forms can be found at www.un.org/ga/aids/media.  Fax completed forms to (+1 212) 963-4642.  Confirm receipt by calling (+1 212) 963-7164/6934.  No acknowledgement will be sent. All applications for accreditation must be accompanied by a letter of assignment from the Editor or Bureau Chief on media letterhead. 

Press materials, schedules and more information on media arrangements will be posted as they become available, at www.un.org/ga/aids/media.