Media advisory

To end AIDS, Let Communities Lead!

Media are invited to attend the launch of a new report by UNAIDS which shows that the world can end AIDS if communities are included, funded and supported to lead the way.

Much of the progress made against the HIV pandemic over the last 40 years is thanks to the efforts of community-based organizations. However, the new UNAIDS World AIDS Day report - Let Communities Lead - reveals how communities working to end AIDS are too often unrecognized, under-resourced and in some places even under attack. It outlines how, by removing these obstacles, the full potential of community leadership will be unleashed, allowing the world to end AIDS by 2030.

The press conference will be held in London on 28 November during a World AIDS Day conference hosted by the UK civil society organization STOPAIDS.

WHAT: Launch of UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report: Let Communities Lead

WHEN: 13:30-14:30 GMT, Tuesday 28 November 2023

WHERE: Central Hall Westminster (Mathew Parker Street West entrance), London, UK


  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS
  • Mercy Shibemba MBE, a young, UK-based, award-winning advocate for people living with HIV
  • Andrew Mitchell, UK Minister of State for Development and Africa
  • Solange Baptiste, Community health and social justice activist, and Executive Director of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
  • Robbie Lawlor, HIV and access to medicines activist, podcast host and PhD candidate (Moderator)


To attend in person: Media can register here (please select ‘Media’ when registering).


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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