Statement: 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS: Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS

A new and forward-looking Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was adopted unanimously by UN Member States on 2 June at the close of the United Nations General Assembly 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York (31 May – 2 June). Following intense negotiations on the text among Member States, the final 2006 Declaration provides a strong mandate that will help move the AIDS response forward, particularly with regards to scaling up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It reaffirms the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals, in particular the goal to halt and begin to reverse the spread of AIDS by 2015.

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