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.

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).

Annan urges greater global efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS

Citing the enormous number of people around the world infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged greater global efforts to raise awareness about AIDS.

New UN project to help Arab countries break silence on HIV/AIDS

With HIV/AIDS infections on the rise in Arab countries, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced plans to work with 17 governments in the region to break the silence surrounding the epidemic.

Global HIV epidemic getting worse, UN AIDS agency says

The global HIV epidemic is getting worse and the future toll of the virus will be dramatic even if its spread is halted instantly, the head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDA) warned today.