Despite the many challenges, UNAIDS new report shows there is a path that ends AIDS. 

On Thursday 13 July 2023, UNAIDS will launch The Path That Ends AIDS, at the historic Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

UNAIDS will announce that there is a path that ends AIDS and will demonstrate that some countries are already following it and succeeding. 

HIV responses succeed when they are anchored in strong political leadership to:​ follow the evidence; tackle the inequalities holding back progress; enable communities and civil society organisations in their vital role in the response; and ensure sufficient and sustainable funding. The Path That Ends AIDS highlights contrasting responses. Where political commitments have taken an inclusive, human rights-based approach to support people living with and affected by HIV, there is remarkable progress in reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths. Yet when leaders ignore, isolate and criminalize people living with or at risk of HIV, progress in the AIDS response is obstructed.

There will be a press conference for media, and a roundtable event for the Geneva diplomatic, health, and development community, followed by a reception.  


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Press conference

14:00-15:00 CET / 12:00-13:00 GMT

Press Conference - Press launch of UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2030, The Path that Ends AIDS

Room B-128, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Click here for the media advisory 

At this press conference journalists will hear from a civil society leader living with HIV about the epidemic in Asia. From the head of the Kenya’s National AIDS programme about the realities of tackling the serious and diverse epidemic there. From the former President of the Swiss Confederation about the importance of political leadership and of progressive measures in support of marginalized people at risk of HIV. From the former Health Minister of Botswana who now chairs the Global Prevention Coalition about how Botswana showed the way and what is needed now globally. And From the Executive Director of UNAIDS who is leading the quest to end AIDS by 2030.    

  • Ms Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS  
  • Mr Harry Prabowo, Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV 
  • Ms Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of the Swiss confederation  
  • Ms Sheila Tlou, Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition, and former Minister of Health of Botswana



For access, including virtual access for media not in Geneva and for interview requests please contact:

Michael Hollingdale | tel. +41 79 500 2119 | 

Following the press conference, we will move to the principal event of the day – the roundtable discussion on The Pathway to End AIDS.

The roundtable will be livestreamed online.

In person attendance is only for registered invitees from the Geneva diplomatic, health, and development community. (Geneva press corps can also attend).

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Roundtable discussion

15:30 – 17:00 CET - Room XVIII, Building E

Roundtable discussion - Main event of the launch of UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2023, The Path that Ends AIDS

This event will be an in-person discussion between activists, UN, governments, communities, and civil society on the pathway to end AIDS. 

Speakers will include: 

All the people from the press conference (see above) as well as:

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS

Jerome Salomon, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization 

Gibstar Makangila, Executive Director of Circle of Hope, Zambia 

Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Erika Placella, Head of Health, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland   

Loic Michaud, Checkpoint Geneva, Switzerland  

Amanita Calderon-Cifuentes, Trans Gender Europe (TGEU), Colombia 

Yana Panfilova, Founder of Teenergizer, Ukraine

Keith Zenga King, Queer activist, writer and performance artist from Uganda

The event will also be livestreamed

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17:00-18:30 CET - Reception 

A reception for registered guests to the roundtable event will be held in the Serpentine café at the Palais des Nations following the event.  

Entertainment will be provided from 6pm by the Geneva Gay Men’s Choir, "Genevoix". 

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