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HOME: POPULATION ISSUES: PREVENTING HIV INFECTION: HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Preventing HIV Infection
HIV/AIDS Update 2002
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UNGASS on HIV/AIDS


“…The global HIV/AIDS epidemic, through its devastating scale and impact, constitutes a global emergency and one of the most formidable challenges to human life and dignity, as well as to the effective enjoyment of human rights, which undermines social and economic development throughout the world and affects all levels of society—national, community, family and individual.”

Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS
UNGASS on HIV/AIDS, 2001

Last year, the Secretary-General of the United Nations issued a worldwide call to action that focused on five priorities: preventing further spread of the epidemic; reducing mother-to-child transmission; caring for those already infected; delivering research breakthroughs, especially a vaccine; and alleviating the impact of AIDS on the most vulnerable, particularly orphans.

Responding to this call for leadership, the membership of the United Nations met in a special session in June 2001—the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

In a Declaration of Commitment setting out time-bound targets and globally agreed-upon goals, each government pledged to take action relating to prevention, care, support and treatment, impact alleviation, and children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, as part of a comprehensive AIDS response (see summary of goals on last page).

The event, convened at the highest political level, was held to intensify national and international action to fight the epidemic and to mobilize the resources needed. It was heralded by the Secretary-General as “a turning point in the fight against HIV/AIDS”.

UNFPA organized two ministerial-level panel discussions, one on “Gender and HIV/AIDS: A High-Level Discussion of National Action” and the other on “Strategic Programming for Prevention of HIV in Young People”.

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