New York, 2 June 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDSThe Secretary-General applauds the adoption of the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS by the High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
He is particularly heartened that with this Declaration, Governments have committed themselves to actions to promote gender equality, the empowerment of women and the protection of girls; respect for the full rights of people living with HIV/AIDS; strengthened protection for all vulnerable groups -- whether young people, sex workers, injecting drug users, or men who have sex with men; provision of the full range of HIV prevention measures, including male and female condoms and sterile injection equipment; and the full engagement in the response of the private sector and civil society, including people living with HIV. He warmly welcomes the call for 20-23 billion dollars to be spent on the response to HIV/AIDS by 2010.
The Secretary-General hopes that with this Declaration, world leaders have finally placed on the record the personal commitment and leadership needed to win the fight against HIV/AIDS -- the greatest challenge of our generation.
Statements on 2 June 2006
- New York, 2 June 2006 - Secretary-General's remarks at luncheon hosted by Brazil, Chile, France and Norway to launch international drug purchase facility in connection with the General Assembly High-Level meeting on AIDS
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- New York, 2 June 2006 - Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the High-Level segment of the General Assembly meeting on AIDS