UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits UNAIDS Secretariat
01 September 2008
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva on 31 August 2008.
UNAIDS Executive Director Dr Peter Piot gave the Secretary-General a tour of the building which was opened in 2006 and designed to be an inspiring work space with low impact on the environment.
The Secretary-General spoke of his belief in an ideal workplace that most importantly is without any sense of discrimination towards staff living with or affected by HIV and thanked members of UN Plus for broadening his horizons on this issue. He restated his personal commitment to the importance of the UN to be an enabling environment for staff living with HIV.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also took the opportunity to thank UNAIDS staff for their work and Dr Piot for his commitment and dedication to stopping the spread of HIV and for being a vanguard of the global AIDS response. He also acknowledged UNAIDS is an example of UN reform in action, as through UNAIDS, UN country teams “deliver as one” on HIV.
While in Geneva, the Secretary-General marked the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, and attended a memorial ceremony for the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.