PRESS BRIEFING BY AMY QUANTRILL, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT VOLKAN BOZKIR

HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON HIV/AIDS

  • Today the President of the General Assembly opened a 3 day high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS. The meeting is held pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 75/260, which “Decides to convene a high-level meeting from 8 to 10 June 2021, which will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress on the commitments made in the 2016 Political Declaration towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030”.
  • Over the next three days, world leaders, those on the frontline of the AIDS response, a diverse range of civil society representatives, academics, and young people will review the progress made since 2016, share best practices, lessons learned, and opportunities to galvanize multilateral support to end AIDS by 2030. The opening segment will be followed by a General Debate. Tomorrow the meeting will start with 3 thematic panels, followed by the continuation of the General Debate.  There will be two thematic panels on Thursday, followed by the continuation of the General Debate.
  • The President said: “Put simply: AIDS is an epidemic of inequalities. If we are to end AIDS by 2030, we must end inequalities. Ending AIDS is both a pre-requisite and a result of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. From ending poverty, to ensuring good health and well-being for all, to gender equality. We must take urgent action to ensure equal access to treatment, if we are to prevent the 12 million people who are now living with HIV from dying of AIDS-related causes.”
  • Asked if the political declaration had been adopted, the Deputy Spokesperson said the text had not been voted on yet but advised it would be shown on WebTV.

 

PRESIDENT MARKS WORLD OCEANS DAY

  • Today is World Oceans Day.
  • In 2008, the General Assembly resolved that 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” in resolution 63/111.
  • The President participated, through video message, at a fully virtual celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, which highlighted the theme The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.
  • The President said: “Whether it is about protecting a source of income, preserving our planet’s biodiversity, or securing protection against climate change, we have no shortage of reasons to protect our ocean.”

 

OTHER ITEMS

Secretary-General selection and appointment process: Asked when the General Assembly would meet to consider the Security Council’s recommendation for the position of Secretary-General, the Deputy Spokesperson said she would confirm the date once it had been communicated to Member States.