UNAIDS in Oslo for Nordic Consultations
08 May 2009
The Nordic countries are staunch supporters of the global AIDS response and have supported UNAIDS both politically and financially since its inception. This week UNAIDS met with four Nordic countries, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland to exchange knowledge and outline priorities for the upcoming year.
The Nordic countries place great emphasis on the informal and interactive format of these annual consultations with UNAIDS which this year were hosted by Norway in Oslo.
“The Consultations are a true example of a genuine partnership – and cooperation among friends,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We hold honest discussions which provide essential feedback for UNAIDS’ work,” he added.
The Consultations are a true example of a genuine partnership – and cooperation among friends. We hold honest discussions which provide essential feedback for UNAIDS’ work.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS
Topics up for discussion this year included vulnerable populations, including migrants; dealing with the financial crisis; linking the AIDS response and the Millennium Development Goals; health system strengthening and delivery; and where UNAIDS should be in the global health architecture.
During the visit to Oslo, Mr Sidibé also met with the State Secretary Solveig Torsvik, the Deputy Secretary General, Atle Leikvoll, the Minister of International Development and Environment Erik Solheim.
Mr Sidibé also took the opportunity to visit Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette Marit.
The Crown Princess renewed her support to UNAIDS and discussed a number of initiatives she is currently involved in including the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit which is taking place in Oslo next month where she pledged to raise awareness about HIV and young people.
The Crown Princess has been working with UNAIDS since 2006, helping to generate awareness and support for young people living with HIV. In 2008 while visiting Ukraine she met with young people involved in peer education and people living with HIV as well as many others working in the country’s AIDS response. The Crown Princess has also used her status to raise awareness around women and HIV, notably during the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006 and during a fact finding mission to Nicaragua in 2007.
The meetings in Oslo concluded on Friday with a dialogue between participants and Nordic civil society groups.