Statement to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Substantive Session of 2005, Item 7 (g) of the Provisional Agenda: Report of UNAIDS, New York, 19th July 2005 by Dr Peter Piot, Executive Director
I am grateful to have this opportunity to join you on behalf of the Cosponsoring organizations that make up UNAIDS, to introduce the report of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS over the past biennium. In this period, UNAIDS was strengthened by the addition of two new Cosponsors, the World Food Programme and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, taking our numbers to 10, plus the UNAIDS Secretariat. Our efforts take place in a context very different to that of a decade ago, when this distinguished Council established UNAIDS. In the past few years, the world’s response to AIDS has gathered such strength that for the first time ever we have a real opportunity to halt and begin to reverse this devastating epidemic, as called for in Millennium Development Goal 6.