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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

World AIDS Day 2015, December 1st.

 United Nations Secretary-General Message for the World AIDS Day 2015.

This year, we mark  World AIDS Day  with  new hope . I applaud the staunch  advocacy of activists . I c ommend the persistent efforts of health workers . And I pay  tribute to the principled  stance  of human rights  defenders  and the  courage of  all those  who  have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease . World leaders have unanimously com mitted to ending the AIDS  epidemic  by  2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September . This  commitment  reflects  the power of solidarity  to forge, from  a destructive disease , one of  the most inclusive movements in modern history.  We have a lot to learn from the AIDS response. One by one people stood up for  science,  human  rights and  the empowerment of all those  living with HIV.  And this  is how  we will end the epidemic: by moving forward together. The  window of opportunity to act is c losing .  That is why I am calling for  a Fast - Track approach to front - load investments and close the gap  between needs and  services.  To  break the epidemic  and  prevent  it from rebounding,  we must  act  on all fronts.  We need to more than double  the  number of people on life - changing treatment to reach  all 37 million  of those  living with HIV.  We need to provide  adolescent girls and young  women  with  access to education and real options to protect themselves from HIV.  And  we need to provide  key populations  with  fu ll access to services delivered with dignity and  respect.  E very child  can be  born free from HIV to  mothers  who  not only survive but  thrive. Ending AIDS is essential to the success of  Every Woman Every Child and  the  Global Strategy  I launched  to ensure th e health and well - being of women, children and  adolescents within a generation.  Reaching the Fast - Track Targets will prevent new HIV infections and AIDS - related deaths  while eliminating HIV - related stigma and discrimination. I look forward to the 2016 H igh - level Meeting of the General Assembly on AIDS as a critical chance for the world to commit  to Fast - Track the end of AIDS.  On this World AIDS Day, let us  pay tribute to all  those who have lost their lives  to this disease by  renewing our resolve  to  sta nd for justice, access and  greater  hope  around the  world.

Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General.

Statement by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS on World AIDS Day 2015.

The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. This ambitious yet wholly attainable objective represents an unparalleled opportunity to change the course of history for ever—something our generation must do for the generations to come.
Today, we live in fragile communities where inequities can persist when essential services don’t reach the people in need. To change this dynamic we must quicken the pace of action. We know that strengthening local services to reach key populations will lead to healthier and more resilient societies.
The good news is that we now have what it takes to break this epidemic and keep it from rebounding—to prevent substantially more new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths and to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
Already we have reached 15.8 million people with life-saving treatment. And increasingly we are able to refine our efforts and be more precise in our ability to reach people who might otherwise be left behind. With this attention to location and population countries are able to redistribute opportunities to improve access.
On this World AIDS Day countries are implementing the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy, and together with front-loaded investments we can expect to close the gaps to essential services faster. This means resources can go further to reach more people with life-changing results.
With the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has entered a new era of innovation and integration. There is a greater understanding of how the global goals are interconnected and a better appreciation for moving forward together.
Ending the AIDS epidemic means that adolescent girls and young women have access to education and appropriate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. It means key populations, such as people who inject drugs and transgender people, have full access to health services delivered with dignity and respect. And it means that every child is born free from HIV, and that they and their mothers not only survive but thrive.
This is an exciting time in the AIDS response. We are building momentum towards a sustainable, equitable and healthy future for all.
Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations


WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan on World AIDS Day 2015, World Health Organization.

Accelerate expansion of antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV.

“The Millennium Development Goal of reversing the HIV epidemic was reached ahead of the 2015 deadline - an incredible achievement that testifies to the power of national action and international solidarity," declared
 WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan.

 Other Statements :

FORUMWorld AIDS Day - December 1

We have what it takes to break the AIDS epidemic.Already 15 million people are accessing life-saving HIV treatment. New HIV infections have been reduced by 35% since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 42% since the peak in 2004.

EVENTS : On 1st December 2015, join the global movement to Fast-Track the AIDS response

Press Conference: Fast-Track to end AIDS Epidemic Report (Geneva, 24 November 2015) - UN Web TV

UNAIDS to release new report to get countries on the Fast-Track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Ahead of World AIDS Day 2015‬, UNAIDS is launching a new report detailing how countries can reach the 22 million people still being left behind in the response to HIV. In 2015, record numbers of people had access to antiretroviral therapy and the numbers of people newly infected and dying of AIDS-related illnesses have reduced since the peak of the epidemic. However, 22 million people still do not have access to treatment, most of whom do not know they have the virus.

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, will release Focus on location and population: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030 on Tuesday, 24 November, at the United Nations in Geneva. The report gives more than 50 examples of communities, cities and countries that are using innovative approaches to reach more people with life-changing HIV services and end their epidemics.

The report outlines what needs to be done to end AIDS as part of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, including a five-year Fast-Track approach to put countries on track to achieve their goals.
Speakers: • Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

  Simon Bland, Director of the New York Liaison Office for UNAIDS briefed the media at Headquarters on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day 2015

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