Annan spotlights women in Africa’s battle against AIDS and famine

Shining the spotlight on the plight of women during African crises, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged that more attention be devoted towards saving these traditional caretakers as the continent currently battles the twin threat of famine and AIDS.

UN plans family TV series covering critical global issues

The United Nations today announced that as part of the UN Works campaign it will co-produce a 10-part family television series to be broadcast on the Showtime network in the United States.

Elderly caring for orphans and people living with AIDS face harsh realities – UN report

Older persons caring for their HIV-infected adult children and their orphaned grandchildren face many harsh realities, including financial hardship and lack of access to basic needs, according to a report by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

AIDS in Africa has 'a woman's face,' Annan says, urging mobilization against epidemic

AIDS is spreading "dramatically and disproportionately" among women in Africa - the very people poised to help prevent famine and promote development on the continent, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Marking World AIDS Day, Annan calls for concerted action against HIV-related stigma

The most powerful weapons against the burden of HIV-related stigma are the voices of the world's people speaking out freely about AIDS, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message marking World AIDS Day.

Senior UN officials urge strong measures to combat AIDS-related discrimination

Marking World AIDS Day, senior United Nations officials have pledged to work in their respective areas of expertise to fight discrimination against those living with HIV.

AIDS worsens famine in southern Africa, new UN report shows

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is fuelling a deadly famine in southern Africa with more than 14 million people at risk of starvation in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, according to a new United Nations report, AIDS Epidemic Update 2002, released today in London.

UNICEF calls for urgent global action on AIDS orphans

The global response to the crisis of youngsters orphaned by AIDS is grossly inadequate and without a greater sense of urgency and collective action, millions more will put themselves at enormous risk in their struggle to stay alive, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

AIDS and famine are cruel combination, Deputy Secretary-General says

As AIDS has killed millions of young men and women in Africa, it is now making it "intolerably difficult" for some countries in the southern part of the continent to resist famine, weakening coping mechanisms that enable populations to fight back, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today as the United Nations marked World AIDS Day, which is officially observed on 1 December.

OPEC funds UN anti-AIDS efforts in Arab region, Central America and Caribbean

Efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Arab region, Central America and the Caribbean will be given a boost under a new initiative launched today by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).