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25th Special Session of the UN General Assembly:
HIV/AIDS (25-27 June 2001, New York)

The UN Secretariat Building at night, lit with the Red AIDS ribbonThe UN Secretariat Building was lit with the Red AIDS ribbon, demonstrated the Organization's commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS, during the General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, 25-27 June 2001.   UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Alarmed by the accelerating epidemic and its global impact, the United Nations General Assembly, in 2001, decided to convene a special session on HIV/AIDS, to intensify international action to fight the epidemic, and to mobilize the resources needed.

At the special session, high-level national delegations discussed what action plans had proven most effective in addressing the AIDS situation in their own countries, and what next steps were needed. Interactive round-tables brought together government leaders, AIDS activists and experts, and private sector partners.

The special session set a number of targets for action to fight HIV/AIDS, building on goals adopted at previous UN forums. These included the target agreed by some 150 heads of State and Government at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015.

On 27 June 2001, at the conclusion of the special session, the General Assembly adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution containing a Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.

By that declaration, Heads of State and Government and representatives of Member States made a commitment to, by 2005 -- through incremental steps -- reach a target of an overall annual expenditure on the HIV/AIDS epidemic of between $7 and 10 billion in low- and middle-income countries, as well as those experiencing or at risk of rapid expansion of the epidemic.

The Assembly also supported the establishment of a Global HIV/AIDS Health Fund to finance an urgent and expanded response to the epidemic based on an integrated approach to prevention, care, support and treatment.

The Assembly also committed itself to launching, by 2002, a worldwide fundraising campaign -- conducted by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners --- aimed at the public and private sector, to contribute to the HIV/AIDS and health fund.

Related:

UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

Key Documents:

Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (27 June 2001)