The United Nations Secretariat Building is lit with the Red AIDS ribbon at night, as seen from the East River in New York City.

Joseph Deiss (centre), President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, speaking at the General Assembly's High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in 2011. Next to Mr. Deiss was Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (left) and Zhang Saijin, Chief of the General Assembly Affairs Branch/DGACM. UN Photo

High-Level Meeting on AIDS, 8-10 June 2011, New York


Ten years after the 26th Special Session of the General Assembly on HIV/AIDS in New York in 2001, more than 3,000 people gathered at UN Headquarters for a high-level meeting on AIDS in June 2011, in order to take stock of progress made since the 2001 Special Session and to shape the UN’s future AIDS response.

The 2011 High-Level Meeting took place five years after the 2006 Political Declaration where UN Member States committed to moving towards universal access to AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

More than 30 Heads of State, Government and Vice Presidents attended the High-Level Meeting. On the final day of the meeting, UN Member States adopted a declaration guiding country responses to HIV/AIDS over the next five years.