The Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) convened from 13-15 December to review and follow up on recommendations of the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The Board took note of the progress made by countries and civil society organizations in implementing the 2011 Political Declaration on AIDS as well as the support provided by UNAIDS.
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On the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is calling on countries to protect, promote and uphold human rights for all people living with and vulnerable to HIV.
International partners call for accelerated access to voluntary medical male circumcision in eastern and southern Africa
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today launched a five-year action framework to accelerate the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention.
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) in collaboration with partners released today a National Accelerated Plan for Scaling up Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Services in Ethiopia.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates President Barack Obama on his bold commitment to provide AIDS treatment to 6 million people by 2013 and reach 1.5 million pregnant women living with HIV to protect their children from becoming infected with HIV. This reinforces the collaboration between UNAIDS and the United States on the global plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015—the foundation for an AIDS free generation.
China has pledged to fill its HIV resource gap by increasing domestic investments. This pledge was made China’s Premier H.E. Wen Jiabao at a World AIDS Day event in Beijing. The Premier also called on the international community to fully meet its commitments and achieve a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Global progress in both preventing and treating HIV emphasizes the benefits of sustaining investment in HIV/AIDS over the longer term. The latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNAIDS "Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Response" indicates that increased access to HIV services resulted in a 15% reduction of new infections over the past decade and a 22% decline in AIDS-related deaths in the last five years.
Iconic Korean football star, Myung-Bo Hong, was appointed as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador during a press conference held at Yonsei University in Seoul. In this capacity, Myung-Bo Hong will raise awareness on HIV prevention among young people and help break down the barriers of stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV, particularly within the Republic of Korea and across Asia.
Countries, donors, and other partners must mobilize around new UNAIDS strategic investment framework—to generate new resources and optimize AIDS-related investments
Nearly 50% of people who are eligible for antiretroviral therapy now have access to lifesaving treatment
A new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), released today shows that 2011 was a game changing year for the AIDS response with unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and results.
New reports released today shows that AIDS-related funding from United States and European philanthropic donors totaled US$ 612 million in 2010, a combined 7% decrease (US$ 44 million) from 2009. The reports, produced by the European HIV/AIDS Funders Group (EFG) and Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), with support from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), also show that the number of donors giving more than US$ 300,000 to HIV has reduced by 30% over the last three years.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) commends the United States Government on its continued leadership in the AIDS response following the call by the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for global solidarity to “change the course of the epidemic and usher in an AIDS-free generation”.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is launching CrowdOutAIDS.org, an online collaborative project to crowdsource its new strategy on youth and HIV—a first in the UN system.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira—the Brazilian football star also known as Ronaldinho—has accepted an invitation from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Brazil’s Ministry of Health to promote AIDS awareness through sport.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of one of the world’s leading AIDS activists Winstone Zulu.
UNAIDS calls for urgent analysis and more research on hormonal contraceptives and HIV infection risk
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is following with concern data from recent studies suggesting that women using hormonal contraceptives are at increased risk of acquiring HIV infection from their partners and transmitting HIV to them. The benefits of quality hormonal contraception have been repeatedly demonstrated and must be considered while evaluating the potential for increased risk of HIV infection.
The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) commended the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Zweli Mkhize on his commitment to integrating HIV with health and social and economic services.
UNAIDS calls on countries to accelerate progress towards global goal to eliminate new HIV infections amongst children
The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced today that with political will and focused resources—countries can meet the 2015 target to eliminate new HIV infections amongst children and ensure mothers living with HIV remain healthy through pregnancy, delivery and after the birth of their child.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) mourns the tragic loss of life during a recent bomb attack on UN House in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja. According to information released by the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, 23 people, including 11 UN personnel, died in this targeted attack by a suicide bomber on 26 August, and 124 people were injured.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Xinhua, China’s all-media news group, announced Thursday a plan to launch a media campaign globally on World AIDS Day 2011.
The George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. Department of State, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, and UNAIDS announce new women’s health initiative
The George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will today announce Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon®, an innovative partnership to leverage public and private investment in global health to combat cervical and breast cancer — two of the leading causes of cancer death in women - in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will expand the availability of vital cervical cancer screening and treatment and breast care education—especially for women most at risk of getting cervical cancer in developing nations because they are HIV-positive.
The British business pioneer Sir Richard Branson has thrown his support behind a global drive to rid the world finally of the remaining discriminatory laws that keep people from visiting, or living and working in countries solely because they are HIV positive. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has called for the global freedom of movement for people living with HIV.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) applauds a decision by the Government of Fiji to lift its restrictions on entry, stay or residence based on HIV status. With this reform—officially announced today by the President of Fiji at an AIDS conference in South Korea—Fiji joins a growing list of countries that are aligning national HIV legislation with international public health standards.
“JYJ,” a three-member Korean pop (K-pop) band from the Republic of Korea, have been named UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassadors for Asia and the Pacific. Formed in 2010, JYJ has a large following among young people in the Republic of Korea, across Asia and beyond.
The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, according to a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). While the region has seen impressive gains—including a 20% drop in new HIV infections since 2001 and a three-fold increase in access to antiretroviral therapy since 2006—progress is threatened by an inadequate focus on key populations at higher risk of HIV infection and insufficient funding from both domestic and international sources.
Kaiser/UNAIDS study finds drop in overall disbursements for AIDS response in 2010, seven out of 15 governments report reductions
Funding disbursements from donor governments for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries fell in 2010, dropping 10% from the previous year’s level, according to an annual funding analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
New data from study roll-out provides further evidence that male circumcision is effective in preventing HIV in men
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) strongly welcomes new results confirming that scaling-up adult male circumcision works to prevent HIV in men. The study, which was carried out in the township of Orange Farm in South Africa, resulted in a 55% reduction in HIV prevalence and a 76% reduction in HIV incidence in circumcised men.
Data collected for the first time on global investments in HIV treatment-related research and development showed that at least US$ 2.46 billion was available in 2009.
Report on HIV Prevention Research Funding Says New Investment Critical to Capitalize on HIV Prevention Research Breakthroughs
In the last year, promising trial results and critical scientific breakthroughs have changed the HIV prevention landscape, providing new opportunities for both a broader response to the epidemic with new prevention options and broader clinical and laboratory agendas with new research targets.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) commends the decision by the Government of Armenia to lift its travel restrictions for people living with HIV. The reforms—which took effect yesterday—align the country’s legislation with international public health standards.
UNAIDS and WHO hail new results showing that a once-daily pill for HIV-negative people can prevent them from acquiring HIV
New data from studies in Kenya, Uganda and Botswana confirm major role of antiretroviral medicine in preventing heterosexual HIV transmission
Medicines Patent Pool sign historic agreement with Gilead Sciences to increase access to HIV medicines in developing countries
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) joins the UN family and the international community in welcoming the creation today of the Republic of South Sudan.
UNAIDS welcomes the assurance given by India’s Commerce Minister, Mr Anand Sharma, that India will reject any efforts to include ‘data exclusivity’ clauses in bilateral trade agreements. This assurance came at a meeting between Mr Sharma and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, held today at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
UNAIDS lauds efforts by India’s National AIDS programme to provide HIV services for men who have sex with men and transgender people. Currently around 67% of men who have sex with men in India are accessing prevention services. According to estimates of the National AIDS Control Organization, there are more than 400 000 men who have sex with men in India; HIV prevalence in this population is about 7.3% compared to a national adult HIV prevalence of 0.31%.
Captains of national football teams competing in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 soccer championship in Germany are signing up to the Give AIDS the Red Card appeal in support of a global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015. The Give AIDS the Red Card appeal, which was launched by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) one year ago at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, uses the power and outreach of football to unite the world around stopping new HIV infections in children.
The governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Programme Coordinating Board, met in Geneva from 21-23 June to review progress and put in place new measures to ensure greater efficiency and accountability in the AIDS response.
New public health approaches aim to reduce the spread of HIV and save lives of men who have sex with men and transgender people
New public health recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners aim to help policymakers and doctors scale up access to treatment and prevention services for HIV and sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people. These are the first global public health guidelines to focus on these specific population groups.
Unprecedented global participation at UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS leads to new commitments, targets and momentum in the AIDS response
World leaders gathered in New York for the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS have today launched a Global Plan that will make significant strides towards eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.
Heads of State discuss stronger leadership, sustainable financing, mutual accountability and the importance of youth leadership at UN High Level Meeting on AIDS
First Ladies join forces to call for integration of HIV and maternal, newborn and child health programmes at special event during United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS
As the world marks 30 years of AIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) unveils OUTLOOK 30, a book with a compilation of 30 milestones, images, tributes, breakthroughs, art and inspirations in the epidemic’s 30-year history.
UNAIDS welcomes new UN Security Council resolution on HIV and preventing sexual violence in conflict
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes a new United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution on HIV which has been adopted at the UN Security Council in New York. The resolution calls for increased efforts by UN Member States to address HIV in peacekeeping missions. It also calls for HIV prevention efforts among uniformed services to be aligned with efforts to end sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings.
More than 3000 people will come together at the United Nations in New York tomorrow for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The meeting, which runs from 8-10 June, will provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress and challenges of the last 30 years and shape the future AIDS response.
Nearly 3 million individual stamps will circulate within and across borders this year to draw attention to 30 years of the AIDS epidemic and the importance of continuing to prevent new HIV infections. Since the start of the epidemic, 60 million people have become infected with HIV and nearly 30 million people have died of AIDS-related causes.
Global AIDS response continues to show results as a record number of people access treatment and rates of new HIV infections fall by nearly 25%
About 6.6 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries at the end of 2010, a nearly 22-fold increase since 2001, according to a new report AIDS at 30: Nations at the crossroads, released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
As the AIDS response reaches a critical turning point world leaders are showing renewed commitment to AIDS as more than 30 Heads of State and Government, and Vice Presidents are expected to convene at next week’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The top level support is coming at a decisive moment in the AIDS response as more people than ever before are living with HIV but international funding for AIDS is seen to be declining.
Celebrities and influential leaders in the global AIDS response gathered at Vienna’s City Hall on 21 May for the 2011 Life Ball, Europe’s largest annual AIDS charity event. This year’s Life Ball commemorated 30 years of AIDS and focused on the rapidly growing HIV epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé highlights the importance of stopping stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
UNAIDS today launched a television and social media campaign to create a groundswell of support for the AIDS response in the lead-up to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. This key meeting of UN Member States and civil society, from 8-10 June 2011, is an important opportunity for global leaders to move the AIDS agenda forward.
WHO and UNAIDS hail results from the HPTN 052 trial that show antiretroviral therapy to be 96% effective in reducing HIV transmission in couples where one partner has HIV
UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of Dr Robert Carr, a passionate human rights defender of people living with HIV and marginalized communities, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who use drugs.
UNAIDS is concerned over the renewed consideration by the Ugandan Parliament of an ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill.’ UNAIDS considers the criminalization of people based on their sexual orientation a denial of human rights and a threat to public health in the context of the HIV response.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has confirmed his participation in this year’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The gathering of Heads of State and high-level representatives from government, the scientific community, civil society and the private sector will be a unique opportunity to review and renew global commitments for the AIDS response.
President Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger’s newly-elected Head of State, will lead a delegation at the June 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS, including the First Lady, the Coordinator of the National AIDS Commission and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Public Health, Finance, Population, the Promotion of Women and Child Protection. The delegation will also include representatives from associations of people living with HIV, as well as from a youth network, a faith-based coalition, the private sector and an HIV-focused non-governmental organization.
Commitments made to transform the response to HIV at historic event on Robben Island
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Stellenbosch University have brought together technology leaders, AIDS activists, social media experts and young people to discuss how social media and mobile technologies can be leveraged for HIV prevention.
The Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, will attend the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, a gathering of global leaders in New York City from 8-10 June 2011. Dr Douglas has lead responsibility for health and HIV within the Caribbean Community.
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau announces firm commitment to help ensure AIDS remains at the top of global agendas
Over 100 young leaders from around the world are meeting in Bamako, Mali, for a three-day Global Youth Summit on HIV. The Summit, hosted by President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali, is being held to create a new generation of leadership in the global AIDS response.
President Alpha Condé and the First Lady, Ms Djene Kaba Condé, will participate in this year’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The announcement came during a two-day official visit by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé to the West African nation of Guinea Conakry.
UNAIDS expresses continued concern over reported disruptions in access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services in Côte d’Ivoire, even as the country moves towards peace and reconciliation.
El Salvador first country in Latin America to declare representation at the highest level at June meeting which will shape the future of the response to HIV
More than 400 civil society representatives have come together at the United Nations in New York for a one-day hearing on progress made in the HIV response. The event is an opportunity for United Nations Member States to engage with civil society representatives and people living with HIV to highlight some of the challenges, achievements and aspirations in the AIDS response and find new ways of moving forward.
The Gabonese President, Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, has announced his commitment to play a key role in efforts to scale-up the AIDS response at the High Level Meeting on AIDS, taking place at the UN in New York from 8-10 June.
Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Titled Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the report highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child.
In partnership with UNAIDS, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame will lead a Heads of State event on HIV and broader development issues at the United Nations General Assembly High Level meeting on AIDS in June.
UNAIDS expresses concern over reported disruptions in access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in Côte d’Ivoire. Amid the escalating hostilities across the country, many health care facilities have closed down and essential drugs, including antiretroviral medicines, are in short supply.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are deeply concerned about the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV treatment.
UNAIDS welcomes appointment of Seth Berkley as new CEO of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates Seth Berkley on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
Today is the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day. And I salute all women.
Global Commission on HIV and the Law Reviews Legal Barriers Obstructing Progress on AIDS in Asia-Pacific
Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 percent of countries in the Asia-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) deplores the recent killing of a teenage girl in Bangladesh. At the same time, UNAIDS commends the Government of Bangladesh and the country’s judiciary for acting swiftly to investigate the killing, as well as national civil society and media organizations for their work in bringing this case to public attention.
UNAIDS supports the Global Fund in efforts to ensure countries reach their universal access goals towards HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
Sustained global investment is needed to ensure people most in need have access to life-saving HIV services.
UNAIDS urges Ukrainian Government to ensure continuity of HIV services and commends endorsement of new law promoting a human rights-based approach to AIDS
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is concerned about reported government-led investigations of programmes run by the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV and other non-governmental organizations working in the field of AIDS across Ukraine. UNAIDS calls on the Government of Ukraine to ensure the investigations do not lead to a disruption of HIV services provided by these organizations to thousands of people.
UNAIDS expresses grave concern over the killing of David Kato, a prominent gay activist and human rights defender in Uganda.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed a new cooperation agreement to overcome HIV-related challenges faced by many migrants.
UNAIDS is concerned by the recent reported killings of transgender people in Honduras. Since late November 2010, five individuals from the transgender community have been reportedly killed in separate incidents in the country. The motive for these killings has not been determined.