25 May 2006

Media Advisory

2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS
General Assembly, United Nations, New York, 31 May - 2 June 2006

Uniting the World against AIDS

World Leaders to Assess Progress on AIDS Response

NEW YORK, 24 May (UN Headquarters) -- The 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS - to assess the international response to the epidemic -- will take place from 31 May to 2 June at the United Nations. More than a dozen Heads of State and Government and over 100 Ministers are expected to attend, as well as more than a thousand representatives of civil society and the private sector.   

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will present a report on progress achieved in realizing the targets agreed by UN Member States in the historic Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, adopted in 2001 at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

The meeting will also identify common challenges to scaling-up and sustaining national AIDS responses. Member States will consider recommendations on how to scale-up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support with the aim of coming as close as possible to the goal of universal access to treatment by 2010 for all those who need it.

Almost 800 civil society groups have been granted special accreditation to the meeting, an unprecedented number for such a gathering, and many more are expected to attend as part of organizations already accredited to the UN or as part of national delegations. A hearing will be held to provide an opportunity for civil society to exchange views with Member States.

For the first time, a person living with HIV will address the General Assembly plenary. Other speakers include the President of the General Assembly, Jan Eliasson; the UN Secretary-General; and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr. Peter Piot. 

The 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS will feature a series of panel discussions as well as roundtables on a range of critical topics, including financing a scaled-up AIDS response and overcoming stigma and discrimination. Building on these discussions, a political declaration will be adopted at the close of the meeting on 2 June. 

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