23 September 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2010
AIDS Activists at World Summit in NYC Protest Obama for “Broken Promises that Kill”
Group demands funding for universal access to treatment for AIDS to fight pandemic
New York, NY – Bearing thousands of empty pill bottles symbolizing the lack of access to medication and giant helium balloons bearing the faces of President Obama and G8 leaders, dozens of people held a boisterous protest on the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit. As world leaders inside the summit debated progress on the anti-poverty program they created 5 years ago, the activists – many living with HIV/AIDS – denounced politicians, especially President Obama, for failing to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to lifesaving AIDS treatment by 2010.
“President Obama talks a good game about ending AIDS, but his talk doesn’t change the reality that more people around the world are going to die because he is not living up to his global AIDS funding campaign commitment,” said Housing Works President and CEO Charles King.
Organizers highlighted the fact that each year AIDS kills two million people –including 60,000 mothers – and has killed 25 million people since the early 1980s. Despite world leaders’ pledge to provide universal access to treatment by 2010, only a third of the 15 million people who need AIDS drugs currently get them. The activists called on President Obama to live up to his campaign promises by pledging $50 billion for 5 years to fight global AIDS and called on the administration to make a bold pledge of $6 billion over 3 years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
26 April 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
March 9, 2010
A High Level Meeting on AIDS was hosted by DFID on Tuesday 9th March with attendees from East and Southern Africa and beyond, including Ministers, academics, activists, pharmaceutical industry and the donor community. Participants renewed a shared, and urgent, commitment to meet the goal of Universal Access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support – championed by the UK in 2005; they also agreed that AIDS must remain high on the international agenda, as we head towards the MDG summit and G8 and G20 meetings of 2010 – the year the goal set by the G8 falls due.
26 April 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
In February 2010, UNAIDS called for an international effort to renew commitment for countries to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
“Countries are urged to undertake an open and inclusive consultation process—bringing together governments, development partners, civil society organizations, networks of people living with HIV and community groups to review the progress made in reaching country targets for Universal Access.” - Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS
30 March 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
Act now! Be heard!
Now Open. Call for nominations of civil society speakers for Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly to provide input to the MDG Summit
Deadline for nominations of speakers is April 16
FIVE things you can do right now
Share this AIDS Advocacy Alert as widely as possible
- Get together to nominate someone as a potential speaker during the Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly to represent your NGOs, civil society and the private sector to provide input to the preparatory process for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
8 March 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
Dramatic reduction in malaria deaths by 2015 possible; on track to meet global TB targets
Geneva – Virtual elimination of mother to child HIV transmission by 2015 is now within reach if current rates of progress by Global Fund-supported programs and other efforts are maintained. Malaria may be eliminated as a public health problem within a decade in most countries where it is endemic. Tuberculosis prevalence in many countries is declining and the international target of halving TB prevalence could be met by 2015.