Statement to the ASEAN-United Nations Summit by Dr Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director, New York, 13 September, 2005
I am honoured to have this opportunity to brief you on the challenges that AIDS poses to the ASEAN countries. The global AIDS epidemic is an exceptional crisis. It is not just another infectious disease epidemic or another health problem. It is one of the make-or-break issues of our times, no less than global climate change and mass extreme poverty. There is simply no precedent in modern history for such a massive, globalized and destructive epidemic. And we are still in the early phase of this epidemic – certainly in the ASEAN region.