HIV/AIDS to be focus of Ban’s upcoming Mexico visit

The fight against AIDS will be one of the top priorities on the agenda of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he makes his first official visit to Mexico next month.

Commitments on HIV/AIDS must be matched by actions – Assembly President

The world's renewed momentum to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic must be matched by accelerated efforts to implement commitments to obtain universal access to prevention, treatment and care by 2010, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim says after wrapping up a high-level meeting on the issue.

Vital progress made towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment – Ban

The world has made “important achievements” in its quest to obtain universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, demonstrating what can be done where there is sufficient political will, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today.

UN agencies unveil winners of Red Ribbon Awards in fight against HIV/AIDS

Twenty-five local organizations from around the world have received the Red Ribbon Award 2008, a United Nations laurel given every two years to celebrate outstanding community leadership and action in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Fight against AIDS much more than a health issue, Assembly President says

The battle against HIV/AIDS is not just a public health question, but also critical to making progress on such issues as improving access to education, achieving gender equality and eradicating poverty and hunger, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today, calling for greater leadership at all levels to combat the epidemic.

Some African cultural traditions influence spread of AIDS – UN report

Cultural factors in Africa, including gender inequalities, wife inheritance and some sexual practices, need to change and be better understood if the fight against HIV/AIDS is to be more effective, according to a new United Nations report.

Nearly 3 million people in developing nations receiving HIV treatment, UN says

The close of 2007 witnessed almost 3 million people in low- and middle-income countries receiving anti-retroviral (ART) treatment, but nearly twice that number still require life-saving medicines, according to a new United Nations study released today.

New UN workplace HIV initiative marks milestone, says Ban Ki-moon

A new workplace programme on HIV to provide such services as training, counselling and testing for United Nations staff and their families was launched today, marking a “milestone” for the world body’s response to the virus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UN anti-narcotics arm and OPEC partner to curb HIV among drug users

The United Nations anti-narcotics agency today joined forces with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) in a bid to rein in the spread of HIV among drug users.

Largest-ever Eastern Europe/Central Asia AIDS conference kicks off – UN

The United Nations is taking part in the largest-ever AIDS conference covering Eastern Europe and Central Asia which kicks off tomorrow in Moscow.