Press release and statement archive


December

UNAIDS saddened by death of HIV and sex worker rights activist Andrew Hunter

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Hunter, who was known and respected for his tireless promotion of the rights of people from key populations most at risk of HIV, particularly sex workers.

27 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS Board calls on UNAIDS to support countries in setting revised national targets for antiretroviral treatment access

The governing body of UNAIDS––the Programme Coordinating Board—has concluded its three-day meeting in Geneva. The Board called on UNAIDS to support on-going country and international processes to set revised national targets for universal access to HIV treatment.

20 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and the hotel InterContinental Genève launch a new campaign to ensure all children are born HIV-free

The campaign, ‘Where history is made,’ invites guests to make history and make a pledge for an AIDS-free generation

16 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS calls on India and all countries to repeal laws that criminalize adult consensual same sex sexual conduct

UNAIDS expresses its deep concern that, through its recent decision on the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court of India has re-criminalized adult consensual same sex sexual conduct. In 2009, the Delhi High Court had found unconstitutional the application of the 150-year-old law criminalizing “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” between consenting adults. Now, again in India, gay and other men who have sex with men, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face the possibility of criminal prosecution.

12 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

New report from FCAA and UNAIDS shows little change in philanthropic funding for HIV in recent years

A new report by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), supported by UNAIDS, showed that 5.4% or US$ 0.5 billion of total international funding available for HIV in low- and middle-income countries was from philanthropic sources. Globally in 2012, US$ 636 million came from private donors.

10 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Ending the AIDS epidemic is a matter of human rights

HIV has taught us that health and human rights are intricately linked and that we need to protect and respect human rights and be courageous enough to confront society’s wrongs. It is unacceptable that women and girls, sex workers, people who use drugs, migrants, prisoners, men who have sex with men and transgender people are assaulted, violated and murdered, and yet our conscience is not revolted, nor our sense of human responsibility challenged.

10 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and the entire AIDS community are heartbroken by the passing of the global statesman Nelson Mandela

We remember his extraordinary commitment to dignity, human rights and hope

05 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UN Secretary General's message to the Fourth replenishment of the Global Fund

I urge all stakeholders to continue to demonstrate your unwavering support by making the strongest possible commitment to the Global Fund. This is a morally and financially sound investment in our shared future.

03 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes outstanding support for the Fourth Replenishment for the Global Fund

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes a US$ 12 billion commitment by international partners to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) at its Fourth Replenishment meeting in Washington DC and fully supports the new funding model.

03 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Today we can improve the health of Africa forever

The international community will decide this week in Washington whether or not to take the next big step on the path to ending AIDS. At a special conference, they will be pledging new contributions to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This is one of the best investments in global health and development we know.

02 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi launch #zerodiscrimination campaign in Australia

The initiative will launch the new Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March 2014, adopting the butterfly as the transformative symbol for zero discrimination.

01 December 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

November

More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents

UNICEF report shows that new infections among adolescents could be halved by 2020 with targeted and increased investment

29 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

World AIDS Day message 2013

For the first time we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world. For the first time we can say that we are beginning to control the epidemic and not that the epidemic is controlling us.

26 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS calls for an end to gender-based violence

Gender-based violence is a serious violation of human rights and increases the risk of HIV infection. Recent research has established a clear association between intimate partner violence and HIV, with women experiencing such violence facing a 50% increased risk of acquiring HIV.

22 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Ahead of World AIDS Day 2013 UNAIDS reports sustained progress in the AIDS response

Renewed commitment needed in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and for key populations.

20 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes Ugandan President’s launch of massive HIV prevention and treatment campaign

In a bid to encourage more Ugandan citizens to know their HIV status, President Museveni took an HIV test at the Kiswa Health Centre in Kampala, Uganda in front of government officials, reporters and community members.

08 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS commends Ambassador Eric Goosby for his visionary leadership in the AIDS response

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) expresses deep gratitude to Ambassador Eric Goosby for his outstanding work on the AIDS response as United States Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy. Ambassador Goosby stepped down from his position on 1 November 2013.

08 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS reports that more than 10% of adults living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries are aged 50 and over

Shifting demographics of the AIDS epidemic demands a new focus to reach people above the age of 50––a population currently underserved by HIV services.

01 November 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

October

UNAIDS applauds Uzbekistan for removing restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV

UNAIDS welcomes the recent lifting of all restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV in Uzbekistan. The reforms were passed by Parliament in August of 2013 and signed by the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, on 23 September 2013.

21 October 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

September

UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

As world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations General Assembly to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals—a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV.

23 September 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Kaiser/UNAIDS study finds no real change in donor funding for HIV

As world leaders prepare to meet to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) evaluates international efforts to finance the response to the AIDS epidemic.

23 September 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

August

UNAIDS calls for youth activists on HIV to be change agents

Globally, an estimated 4.6 million young people are living with HIV. Each day, about 2300 young people are newly infected with HIV. Many young people living with HIV do not have access to treatment or do not know their HIV status.

12 August 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe appointed as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe of Uganda as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

02 August 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

July

UNAIDS urges Greek authorities to repeal Sanitary Decree

There is no evidence that punitive approaches—particularly those that single out members of key populations––are effective in responding to HIV. On the contrary, such measures deter people most affected by HIV from accessing lifesaving HIV prevention and care services.

31 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS condemns killing of AIDS activist Eric Lembembe

UNAIDS asks the Cameroonian Government to pursue a thorough investigation into the death of Mr Lembembe.

17 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

New report shows that a healthier Africa will further boost economic growth on the continent

The report, Abuja +12: Shaping the future of health in Africa, published by the African Union (AU) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), reviews progress made since the AU’s 2001 Abuja Declaration—in which leaders pledged to mobilize domestic and international resources for health and remove barriers to the AIDS response—highlights remaining gaps, and prioritizes next steps.

15 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS urges countries to rapidly scale up access to antiretroviral medicines to maximize HIV treatment and prevention gains

The framework, entitled Treatment 2015, offers countries and partners both practical and innovative ways to increase the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines. These medicines will not only enable people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives, they will also help prevent new HIV infections.

13 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as the new Executive Director of UN Women

Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa. She also played a central role in the government’s HIV programme, serving as chair of the South African National AIDS Council where she took the lead in ensuring broader and more cohesive collaboration with international and civil society partners.

11 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS Board affirms its commitment to lay the foundations to end the AIDS epidemic

And calls on Member States to honour their commitment towards agreed HIV targets and goals

30 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Kenya and the Global Fund and UNAIDS signal partnership

In a joint visit to Kenya, the leaders of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signaled strong partnership to defeat infectious diseases including HIV and tuberculosis (TB).

01 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and Lancet Commission address strategic challenges for the future of AIDS and global health

Commissioners conclude that defeating the AIDS epidemic and delivering good health and rights are non-negotiable pillars in the post-2015 development agenda

01 July 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

June

Around 10 million people living with HIV now have access to antiretroviral treatment

A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF shows a huge acceleration in the roll out and uptake of antiretroviral therapy since 2011. A record 9.7 million people living with HIV were accessing treatment in 2012 compared to just over 8.1 million in 2011––an increase of 1.6 million in one year alone.

30 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Continued investment in HIV prevention research can speed development of new options to help end the AIDS epidemic

New global report released at IAS 2013 highlights funding trends, opportunities and challenges for HIV prevention R&D

30 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50% or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa

New report also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children––only 3 in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority countries

25 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and Lancet to bring together political and health leaders to shape the debate on the future of global health

Commissioners announced ahead of first meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: From AIDS to Sustainable Health to be held in Lilongwe, Malawi on 28-29 June

19 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Celebrating 10 years of PEPFAR

On this 10th anniversary of PEPFAR we are able to celebrate its extraordinary success. Not only did it achieve its initial goals but it has surpassed them by a wide margin. By 2012 PEPFAR was supporting treatment for more than 5 million people and providing care and support to 15 million, including nearly 5 million children.

18 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes new findings that provide an additional tool for HIV prevention for people who inject drugs

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes new findings announced today that an antiretroviral medicine, taken daily as a prophylaxis, can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 49% for HIV-negative men and women who inject drugs.

13 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes pre-qualification by WHO of first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision in HIV prevention efforts

The Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that for the first time a non-surgical device (PrePex™) has been pre-qualified for the purpose of adult male circumcision for HIV prevention.

07 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

ILO launches new initiative to reach 5 million workers with voluntary HIV testing by 2015

ILO Director-General and UNAIDS Executive Director launch new programme on voluntary and confidential HIV counselling and testing to reach 5 million workers world-wide

06 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS to establish international scientific expert panel on HIV

UNAIDS’ new panel will convene a series of scientific consultations to ensure that the best scientific evidence is used to inform the global response to HIV

03 June 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

May

New UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to explore HIV and global health in the Post-2015 debate

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and leading medical journal The Lancet have convened a new commission of political and health leaders to explore the post-2015 agenda of AIDS and global health.

26 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

African AIDS Champions accelerate efforts to achieve a generation free from HIV in Africa

The Champions for an HIV free Generation, first launched in 2008 by His Excellency Festus Mogae, former president of the Republic of Botswana, have pledged to ramp up efforts to stop new HIV infections in children, end stigma and discrimination and expand effective HIV prevention and treatment programmes across Africa.

26 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

African leaders pledge to intensify efforts towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria

African leaders reviewed progress made in implementing a Roadmap on Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity for AIDS, TB and Malaria Response in Africa, which they adopted last July to chart a new course for the continent’s response to the three diseases.

26 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

New investments needed to advance progress on AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa

African and G8 governments have made significant progress against several major commitments to improve health in Africa over the past decade, but must commit to new investments for AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

25 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS saddened by death of human rights activist Shivananda Khan

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of Shivananda Khan, an AIDS activist who was known and respected for his tireless promotion of the rights of men who have sex with men and transgender people.

21 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS reports more than 7 million people now on HIV treatment across Africa––with nearly 1 million added in the last year—while new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS continue to fall

As the African Union (AU) begins its 21st summit in Addis Ababa, celebrating 50 years of African unity, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released Update a new report on the AIDS response in Africa, documenting the remarkable recent progress against HIV on the continent.

21 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and UNAIDS to work toward an accelerated HIV response in the Arab Region

The General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 20 May marking a new commitment to the HIV response in the Arab Region.

20 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

No time to lose in the search for an HIV vaccine

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) joins partners and allies around the world in recognizing World AIDS Vaccine Day.

16 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

More than 30 years ago, gay men lit the first spark that kindled the world’s response to the AIDS epidemic. Thanks to the audacity and courage of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people, we have now seen extraordinary progress against AIDS around the world.

17 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes Roberto Azevêdo as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil as the as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

14 May 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

March

UNAIDS calls for Zero parallel systems for HIV and TB

Every day more than 1000 people living with HIV die of tuberculosis. This is unacceptable. Today we have the knowledge and the power to stop HIV and TB in their tracks. By integrating HIV and TB services and systems, we can save millions of lives and millions of dollars.

20 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes UK’s strong commitment to development aid

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the announcement made by the Rt Hon George Osborne, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the United Kingdom will meet its target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on international development this year.

21 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS congratulates newly elected Pope Francis

“I give my warm wishes to Pope Francis as he assumes the papacy. His unwavering commitment to serve people most in need is an inspiration to us all,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “I look forward to working with His Holiness so that the Catholic Church can advance the AIDS response and ensure the dignity of people most affected by HIV.”

14 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Ending violence against women is critical to ending AIDS

On this day when we honour women, let me speak directly to the men. As husbands and partners, brothers and sons, we must be part of the solution to build a world where women and men are equal.

08 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and UNICEF welcome news of a baby born with HIV who now as a toddler appears “functionally cured” through treatment

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNICEF welcome a new case study, which found a baby treated with antiretroviral drugs in the first 30 hours of life and who continued on HIV treatment for 18 months appeared to be functionally cured.

04 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes new leadership of Ray Chambers in support of the health-related Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Ray Chambers as the first Special Envoy for Financing the Health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As part of his expanded role, Mr Chambers will promote increased investment by the public and private sectors for the AIDS response.

01 March 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

February

UNAIDS welcomes new paediatric HIV treatment license for the Medicines Patent Pool

The new agreement is a significant step forwards in HIV treatment for children as very few antiretroviral drugs are formulated for paediatric use. In 2012 UNAIDS estimated that 72% of children living with HIV who were eligible for treatment did not have access.

28 February 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and UNDP back proposal to allow least-developed countries to maintain and scale up access to essential medicines

UNAIDS and UNDP today launched a new Issue Brief TRIPS transition period extensions for least-developed countries. The Issue Brief outlines that failure to extend the transition period for least-developed countries to become fully compliant with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) could seriously impede access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment and other essential medicines for people most in need.

26 February 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS congratulates Senegal’s President on his election as chair of NEPAD’s Orientation Committee

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) applauds Senegalese President Macky Sall on his election as chairperson of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee.

01 February 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

January

UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the recent law reforms in Mongolia that have removed all travel restrictions and other discriminatory provisions for people living with HIV. The reforms which were passed by Mongolia’s Parliament in mid-December of last year took effect on 15 January 2013.

31 January 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

“Protect the Goal” campaign launched at opening of the Africa Cup of Nations

The campaign aims to harness the power of football to raise awareness of HIV

20 January 2013   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)