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2011 World AIDS Day Statements

01 December 2011

United Nations Secretary-General's message on 2011 World AIDS Day

Heading into the fourth decade of AIDS, we are finally in a position to end the epidemic. The progress we have made so far is proof that we can realize our vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. The number of new HIV infections has fallen by more than 20 per cent since 1997. New infections are continuing to decline in most parts of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by the AIDS epidemic, HIV incidence has decreased in 22 countries.  More

Statement by the President of the UN General Assembly on the occasion of World AIDS Day

We commemorate World AIDS Day this year with hope and optimism. Thirty years since the first case of AIDS was reported, HIV has infected 64 million people from all parts of the world. No country has been spared. The epidemic has caused 30 million deaths so far. Fortunately, we have seen significant progress over the last few years. More

UNAIDS Executive Director's 2011 World AIDS Day message

Never before in the history of AIDS have we reached a moment where we are able to stand up and say with conviction the end of AIDS is in sight. It has been a year of achievements, of collective action, of resilience and of courage. In spite of the economic downturn that has stretched the AIDS response to its limits, millions of lives have been saved, as HIV treatment and prevention efforts continue to show results.
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UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and External Relations, 2011 World AIDS Day message

It is a tremendous honour to be with you today here in Addis Ababa to commemorate World AIDS Day in a country where the commitment of the Government and the people towards the HIV response has delivered clear results in the form of a steadily declining HIV prevalence. Thank you for the wonderful dancing and singing – what an uplifting way to begin World AIDS Day. More

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director’s World AIDS Day Message on December 1, 2011

Thirty years of AIDS have galvanised the international community into a remarkable and unprecedented response, which has resulted in a steady decline of new infections. Since 2001, the rate of new infections with HIV fell globally by nearly 25 per cent. More

Message from Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for us all to mobilize ever more to meet a challenge that still devastates our societies. We are making headway. Recent studies show that early treatment of people living with HIV can reduce sexual transmission to their partners by up to 96 percent. More

Message from the Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World AIDS Day

“Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths” – the ILO joins its efforts with the UN family and all who are striving to reach the zero goal. Stigma and discrimination, prejudice and fear are the daily reality of many living with HIV. They loom large in the workplace and in the world of work. In many places AIDS has a devastating impact on the world of work. More

Statement of HE Dr Jean PING Chairperson of the African Union Commission on World AIDS Day

Today, December 1, marks yet another World AIDS Day. This Day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly for member countries to reflect and take stock of their efforts at raising awareness and educating people about HIV/AIDS and fighting prejudice against those who suffer from the disease. This Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV / AIDS. More

Statement from the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership on World AIDS Day 2011

Today's World AIDS Day is a bittersweet occasion. In the past year, we have seen incredible progress in the fight against AIDS. We have also seen great results where those fighting against TB—a disease which still accounts for one in four AIDS deaths—do so alongside our partners in HIV. More

Statement of the EU and its Member States on World AIDS Day

Today, on the World AIDS Day 2011, the European Union and its Member States joins with people across the world in memory of the relatives, friends and beloved ones who have lost their lives to AIDS and reaffirms its commitment to support all those who live with HIV and all those who are affected by the epidemic. More

Archbishop of Canterbury's video message for World AIDS Day 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, with his message for World AIDS Day 2011 in which he talks about the part that sexual violence plays in the spread of HIV and highlights the crucial role that the Church plays in supporting survivors of such abuse. View video

2011 World AIDS Day Message by Madame Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, given on 8 December 2011, on the occasion of the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2011)

I believe in the goal of an AIDS-free generation by 2015. Today, thanks to scientific and medical advances since the discovery of AIDS thirty years ago, over half of pregnant women living with HIV now have access to treatment and care to protect their babies against AIDS. More

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