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Côte d’Ivoire takes bolder step into the global AIDS arena

18 December 2013

In a strong demonstration of commitment to the global response to HIV and to UNAIDS, the President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara has announced that Côte d’Ivoire will donate US$ 1 million to support UNAIDS work in helping countries to achieve the targets set out in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

"I have decided to donate US$ 1 million to UNAIDS because I believe in a society with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths," said President Ouattara during the meeting of Côte d’Ivoire’s National AIDS Council.

The contribution was confirmed by the Minister of Health Côte d’Ivoire Raymonde Goudou Coffie who was representing Côte d’Ivoire at UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting in Geneva. "I am delighted to be at the UNAIDS Board and to announce our contribution of US$ 1 million for its essential work and as a sign of shared responsibility," said Ms Coffie.

“This contribution to UNAIDS makes Côte d’Ivoire the first African country to become one of UNAIDS 20 most important donors,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Côte d’Ivoire joins the Republic of the Congo and Senegal in becoming the first African countries to financially contribute to UNAIDS.