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Letter to Partners 2010: Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

16 February 2010

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In his 2010 letter to partners, Mr Michel Sidibé takes stock of his first twelve months in office as UNAIDS Executive Director, and provides his vision for the coming years.

Against the backdrop of an epidemic in transition, he outlines a core set of values that can change the course of the epidemic.

Our challenge now is to take the progress that countries have made towards universal access and use it to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

These include getting equity, banking on evidence, ensuring rights and dignity, aiming for zero new infections while providing treatment for everyone who needs it and leveraging interconnectedness of health and development.

“Our challenge now is to take the progress that countries have made towards universal access and use it to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” said Mr Sidibé.

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UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé’s 2010 letter to partners was circulated 16 February 2010.
Credit: UNAIDS/G. Williams

Setting the agenda for 2010 Mr Sidibé emphasized three issues. First, taking steps towards ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Second, reducing the number of new infections to zero and initiating new thinking around next generation of treatment options. And lastly to focus on tomorrow’s leaders by identifying, mentoring and learning from the younger generation of leaders that will carry the AIDS response ahead.

Read full letter (pdf, 875 Kb.)