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UNAIDS Executive Director honoured for leadership in advancing UN causes

GENEVA, 19 November 2010 – The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé, has received an award from the UN Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA for his leadership in advancing UN causes.

The Emerging Leader Award, the first of its kind awarded to a United Nations representative, was presented to Mr Sidibé at the annual fundraising gala held by the UN Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA in New York.

“I am both honoured and humbled by this award,” said Mr Sidibé. “I am extremely proud of the bold leadership the UN has shown in responding to the AIDS epidemic, and we will continue to strive towards achieving UNAIDS’ vision of ‘Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths’.”

In the 52-year history of the event, the annual awards ceremony has recognized individuals and corporations for their leadership in advancing UN causes, from global health and economic development to education and environmental sustainability.

In recognition of Mr Sidibé’s work in the AIDS response, UN Foundation President Mr Timothy Wirth said, “Your quiet and effective leadership, vision, passion and personal commitment to combating HIV has been inspiring. Your renewed focus on HIV prevention, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will inspire the next generation of leaders who engage in the long-term effort to combat HIV to ensure that people live healthier and more productive lives.”

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