Michel Sidibé meets with UNDP Administrator
04 June 2009
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at UNDP headquarters in New York on 3 June 2009. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a Cosponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Mr Sidibé and Ms Clark discussed maximising UNDP’s comparative advantage at the country level in support of national efforts to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support as described in the UNAIDS Outcome Framework (2009-2011). The Framework calls for optimizing partnerships between the Secretariat and Cosponsors and leveraging respective organizational mandates and resources to work collectively to deliver results.
UNDP's response to AIDS stems from its human development, poverty reduction and governance mandates. Substantial progress on a number of Millennium Development Goals—including poverty, gender, education, and child and maternal mortality—can be achieved by integrating the AIDS response with efforts to achieve broader human development and the goals of health and social justice.
UNDP helps countries put HIV at the centre of national development and poverty reduction strategies. It also assists countries build national capacity to mobilize all levels of government and civil society for a coordinated and effective response to the epidemic; to protect the rights of people living with HIV as well as women and vulnerable populations.