United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

27 October 1988


                                                       38th plenary meeting
                                                       27 October 1988
             43/15.  Prevention and control of acquired immunodeficiency
                     syndrome (AIDS)
      The General Assembly,
      Deeply concerned that acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has
 assumed pandemic proportions affecting all regions of the world and represents
 a threat to the attainment of health for all,
      Recalling its resolution 42/8 of 26 October 1987, Economic and Social
 Council resolution 1988/55 of 27 July 1988, World Health Assembly resolution
 WHA41.24 of 13 May 1988 and other relevant resolutions,
      Recalling also the London Declaration on AIDS Prevention, adopted by the
 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention on
 28 January 1988,
      Noting with satisfaction the development and implementation of the global
 strategy for the prevention and control of AIDS prepared by the World Health
 Organization, including the establishment of appropriate inter-agency
 mechanisms, and noting with appreciation the efforts of the World Health
 Organization, other United Nations agencies and funds, and national
      Recognizing the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and
 improve human health, control disease and extend health care in order to
 accomplish the objective of health for all by the year 2000,
      1.   Reaffirms the established leadership and the essential role of the
 World Health Organization in the global direction and co-ordination of AIDS
 prevention, control, research and education, commends those Governments which
 have initiated action to establish national programmes for the prevention and
 control of AIDS in
 line with the global strategy for the prevention and control of AIDS prepared
 by the World Health Organization, and urges other Governments to take similar
      2.   Takes note of the World Health Organization Global Programme on
 AIDS, and stresses the continued need for adequate resources for its
 implementation and the corresponding need to continue to share the pool of
 world-wide medical and scientific knowledge and experience in the control and
 prevention of the disease;
      3.   Notes that the World Health Organization has declared
 1 December 1988 World AIDS Day, and stresses the importance of the appropriate
 observance of that occasion;
      4.   Affirms that the struggle against AIDS should be consistent with and
 not divert attention from other national public health priorities and
 development goals or divert international efforts and resources needed for
 overall health priorities;
      5.   Calls upon all States, in addressing the AIDS problem, to take into
 account the legitimate concerns of other countries and the interests of
 inter-State relations;
      6.   Invites the World Health Organization to continue to facilitate the
 exchange of information on and promotion of national and international
 research for the prevention and control of AIDS through the further
 development of Collaborating Centres of the World Health Organization and
 similar existing mechanisms;
      7.   Requests the Secretary-General, in view of all the aspects of the
 problem, in particular the socio-economic and humanitarian aspects, to
 continue to ensure, in close co-operation with the Director-General of the
 World Health Organization and through the appropriate existing mechanisms, a
 co-ordinated response by the United Nations system to the AIDS pandemic;
      8.   Urges all appropriate organizations of the United Nations system,
 including the specialized agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies and
 non-governmental and voluntary organizations, in conformity with the global
 strategy, to continue to support the world-wide struggle against AIDS;
      9.   Invites the Director-General of the World Health Organization to
 report to the General Assembly at its forty-fourth session, through the
 Economic and Social Council, on further developments in the global AIDS
 pandemic, and requests the Economic and Social Council to consider the report
 in accordance with its mandate.