In welcoming you to this 12th meeting of the PCB, I want to reflect on what has been a momentous year. For the first time, there is a real sense that the scale of the global HIV epidemic will be matched by the scale of the response. UNAIDS is now clearly operating in a very different context than when we started six years ago. And it is fair to say that we have been a major actor in shaping this different environment. This presentation will focus on how we are responding to the new reality.
I would like to emphasize that the impact of the epidemic is now starkly visible in the worst affected countries. Impacts on productivity, including agriculture, lead to knock-on effects in households. In the private sector AIDS undermines development by killing skilled and unskilled labour alike, increasing expenditures and reducing revenue.
Follow up by UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot to “The Global Response to AIDS: ‘Making the Money Work’ The Three Ones in Action” meeting on March 9th 2005 in London in which he communicates the structure and organisation of the Global Task Team and The Resource Needs Steering Committee.
Where already tens of millions are infected, where tens of millions are dying, and where a hundred million more may become infected and die in the future. Where half of every new generation of boys and girls in the worst affected countries will die of AIDS.