Statement by H.E. Mr. Kassymzhomart Tokaev,
of Foreign Affairs of the
at the High-level plenary meeting devoted to reviewing progress
in implementation the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS
††††††††† First of all, on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan, I would like to extend my congratulations to you on your unanimous election as President of the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
††††††††† I also would like to extend my appreciation to the Secretary General for convening this event of historic importance.
There is no doubt that HIV/AIDS problem has become a challenge affecting not only health but also security of many countries in the world. Therefore, to be properly solved, this problem demands comprehensive and coordinated approach of the international community. The United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS of 2001 signify that the world leaders, having understood the scale of the disaster, have made overall commitments to stop the expansion of the epidemic and lay the basis for the efforts to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on the people of the Earth.
Todayís high-level meeting can definitely be considered as a very important follow-up step to fulfil these commitments.
Strong partnership of the Government with non-governmental sector and international organizations coupled with the appropriate commitments by the Government ensured the success in overcoming the problem of the spread of this epidemic in my country. These national efforts have helped to develop a proposal that resulted in a grant from the HIV/AIDS Global Fund in the amount of 22.4 million dollars for 5 years.
between the Government and civil society is now primarily aimed at decreasing
vulnerability of high-risk groups and enhancing their protection. It has become
possible through the provision of adequate information and access to essential prevention
supplies and health care service. Serious efforts are being made to ensure
awareness of the population at large and to educate young people.
HIV/AIDS poses a real threat to every country and demands a global vision and understanding supported by genuine political will and global solidarity. In this respect, strong commitment of the developed countries is a matter of paramount importance. We have to openly and sincerely say that without financial and educational assistance to the most affected countries this epidemic will acquire global dimensions, thus posing a major threat to the future of generations to come. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the issue of HIV/AIDS demands no less attention than other issues of international security, for instance proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.
I believe that this extremely representative gathering gives us an opportunity to share experience and to exchange views on how to jointly and effectively meet the challenge for a better future of all countries in the world.††††††
Thank you for your attention.