Press release and statement archive


December

Highlights from the meeting of the 23rd UNAIDS governing board

Geneva, 18 December 2008 – The governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) met in Geneva, Switzerland from 15-17 December for the 23rd Meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).

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African music star Toumani Diabaté appointed as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

Geneva, 12 December 2008 – African musician Toumani Diabaté from Mali has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to raise awareness on AIDS issues. Toumani Diabaté descends from a long line of oral historians and praise singers. He has blended this ancient West African music tradition with other modern and traditional music from across the world. In addition, he has been instrumental in introducing the Kora, a 21-string harp lute, to a

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Mr Michel Sidibé appointed UNAIDS Executive Director

Geneva, 1 December, 2008 - On World AIDS Day the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr Michel Sidibé as the next Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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November

New HIV incidence analyses helps sharpen prevention efforts

Geneva, 28 November 2008 – On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first observance of World AIDS Day, a new report by UNAIDS calls on countries to realign HIV prevention programmes through understanding how the most recent HIV infections were transmitted, and understanding the reasons why they occurred.

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Criminalization of sexual behavior and transmission of HIV hampering AIDS responses

Geneva, 27 November 2008— Criminalization of adult sexual behaviour and violation of human rights of people living with HIV are hampering HIV responses across the world. UNAIDS urges countries to remove laws and policies make it difficult for people to access HIV prevention and treatment and adopt laws that protect people living with HIV from discrimination, coercion and monitoring in their private lives.

27 November 2008   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Giant red ribbons displayed on Olympic Stadium to inspire the response to AIDS in China and beyond

Beijing, 30 November 2008 – Chinese AIDS authorities, with the support of UNAIDS, today unveiled three giant red ribbons on the iconic National Stadium - colloquially known as ‘the Bird’s Nest’ - to mark World AIDS Day. The display illustrates China’s commitment to the AIDS response and in particular, to the fight against stigma and discrimination.

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October

Dr Piot to head Imperial College’s new institute for Global Health

Geneva, 17 October 2008 - UNAIDS congratulates Dr Peter Piot on his appointment as the first Director of the new Institute for Global Health at Imperial College London. He will spearhead the institute’s quest to find far-reaching solutions to health problems that blight underprivileged populations worldwide.

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UNAIDS mourns the passing of Dr Allan Rosenfield, public health professor and practitioner

Geneva, 14 October 2008 – UNAIDS mourns the death of Dr Allan Rosenfield, Dean Emeritus of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and longstanding professor in population studies and family health.

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UNAIDS commends HIV scientists for Nobel Prize win

Geneva, 6 October 2008 – UNAIDS is pleased of the announcement by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet to award the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine to French scientists Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for their co-discovery of HIV.

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September

UNAIDS expresses sadness over the passing of Swedish AIDS activist Jan-Olof Morfeldt

Geneva, 26 September 2008 – It is with profound sadness that UNAIDS mourns the death of Jan-Olof Morfeldt, executive director of Noak’s Ark, a Swedish AIDS organization active in prevention and providing care and support for people living with HIV.

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Development leaders point to significant progress in mother and child health and reduction of malaria and AIDS deaths in poorest nations

NEW YORK, 23 September 2008 – Significant progress towards reducing child and maternal mortality is being made but to meet the Millennium Development Goals 4,5,6, strategies aimed at reaching the world’s most inaccessible, marginalized and vulnerable populations will be required, health leaders said today.

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