Papua New Guinea is a rich in culture, diversity, natural beauty and history. But it has the highest HIV prevalence in the Pacific. The latest data show that the epidemic may be leveling off, but the risk factors that contribute to HIV infection have not changed.
Speech to the 26th Meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board. Conditions are in flux around the world and the context of AIDS is changing. The global economic crisis has not abated. Countries in the North and the South that were once financially secure have moved from relative abundance to forced austerity, dealing a direct blow to AIDS funding. Struggling economies are starkly exposed to the risk of ARV stockouts and the spectre of turning new patients away.
For decades it has been clear that globalization demands concerted and collective responses to manage increasing interdependence. Today we are at a tipping point. The financial crisis presents the most immediate reason to address human security in both a more collective manner and a more developmental manner. And there are longer-term problems that must also be addressed to improve security and development. One of the most pressing is climate change. Last year we witnessed the failure of global institutions to keep up with this specific challenge. But we face many more. We are here today to share ideas on how to better manage the collective commons by improving our concerted responses to security.
To launch a new national testing campaign UNAIDS Executive Director joined South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, Minister Motsoaledi, Premier Mokonyane and civil society representatives Ms Vuyiseka Dubula from the Treatment Action Campaign and Nkululeko Nxesi from the National Association of People living with AIDS.
Good morning, Your Holinesses, Eminences, Excellencies, colleagues and friends. I am so grateful to be here for what I know will be a fascinating meeting of minds. I want to thank our hosts the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and Cordaid, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
The Pacific regions response to the AIDS epidemic is as uneven as its economic growth and poverty reduction. Limited awareness and understanding of the potential impact of the epidemic, weak health care systems and an unsupportive legal environment have all contributed to varying degrees of response by Governments across the region. The Report of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific has clearly highlighted the factors inhibiting a strong and determined response to the epidemic. While some of these are known, it is for the first time that all the issues were addressed so comprehensively by the Commission.
In much of the world, the HIV epidemic among drug users is long-standing. But in some places it is newly emerging. In East Africa, HIV transmission due to drug use is rising. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia we are seeing a new upturn in infections in some countries of the region―a new generation of drug injectors is going through the same pattern of HIV spread as the previous generation. We must focus our efforts on stopping this chain of transmission. Above all, that means making it safer for those who are use drugs. This is harm reduction, and it is an effective and important form of HIV prevention and a key component of our pledge for Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
Geneva, 8 March, 2010 – I pay tribute to women all over the world who have tirelessly supported the AIDS response—grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. The impact of AIDS would have been even more severe without their resilience, contributions and sacrifices.
AIDS at the Tipping Point: Herculean challenges; Olympian benefits. The Olympic spirit we have seen and felt over the past two weeks is a remarkable social and political phenomenon. It has transformed the host city of Vancouver into a global hub of international solidarity. It has roused countries to showcase their best in competition rather than conflict. It has elevated the rewards of national pride, public accolades and the hope for a better future into international public goods.
Speech delivered by the Executive Director at the Special Meeting of an Extended Technical Committee on the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa in Pretoria, South Africa and presents his vision of a single African Drug Regulatory Agency
Good morning. I am truly honored to be with you at this important gathering of minds. This colloquium promises ripe discussion and the generation of inspiring ideas for how we can protect and uplift the family unit and build on its distinctive power to fundamentally transform societies.