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Michel Sidibé meets Chinese leaders, highlights barriers to MDG achievement

12 August 2010

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Michel Sidibé
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Michel Sidibé (L), executive director of UNAIDS in Beijing, 11 August 2010. Credit: Xinhua/Pang Xinglei

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with top Chinese government leaders yesterday in Beijing to discuss China’s AIDS response. In meetings with Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Minister of Health, Yin Li, Mr Sidibé commended China for its strong political commitment to the AIDS response, and outlined workable recommendations to strengthen China’s AIDS response.

In discussions with Vice President Xi Jinping, Mr Sidibé noted that China’s achievements in recent decades with regard to poverty reduction, expanding access to education, and reducing mortality and extending life expectancy have been truly astonishing. “China’s progress has strongly demonstrated the commitment of the Chinese government to delivering on human development and its MDG commitments,” said Mr Sidibé. “However, there is still work to be done, and significant scaling-up of quality HIV treatment and prevention efforts will be necessary if MDG 6 (halting and reversing the HIV epidemic) is to be achieved in China.”

There is still work to be done, and significant scaling-up of quality HIV treatment and prevention efforts will be necessary if MDG 6 (halting and reversing the HIV epidemic) is to be achieved in China.

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

Mr Sidibé urged the Chinese government to set targets to halve HIV infections and deaths from AIDS by 2015, in order to meet and exceed MDG 6, and halt and reverse China’s HIV epidemic.

During their meeting at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday, Vice President Xi said, “the Chinese government attached great importance to the prevention of HIV, which has become the country's leading infectious disease killer. With increased funding for anti-AIDS programs, China has implemented prevention, treatment and care policies to secure the rights and interests of people living with HIV.”

China has implemented prevention, treatment and care policies to secure the rights and interests of people living with HIV

China Vice President Xi Jinping

During the meeting Mr Xi also vowed to support appeals from the United Nations and the international community to bolster south-south cooperation with Africa and push for the realization of Millennium Development Goals worldwide.

While in Beijing, Mr Sidibé also took the opportunity to present awards to Vice Minister Yin Li and Mr Li Jingwu of the Law Office of China’s State Council, in recognition of their considerable commitment and contribution to China’s AIDS response.

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