UN High Level Meeting on AIDS 2011

Don't Stop now, finish the job! As the AIDS response reaches a critical turning point, more than 30 Heads of State and Government and Vice Presidents are expected to convene at next week’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. We hope to witness historic and positive commitment from world leaders to work together towards the end of AIDS.

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The Red Cross Red Crescent along with the International HIV/Aids Alliance are joining forces to call unequivocally for more information on key affected populations, more funding for HIV research, more key populations tested and treated, more resources made available to them and removal of different legal, social and economic barriers for their better welfare.

Since the first Special Session on AIDS was held at the United Nations in 2001 significant progress has been made in reducing numbers of new HIV infections, in accessing treatment, in reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths and in addressing stigma and discrimination. However, if efforts in responding to the epidemic and making key affected populations a priority are not sustained and scaled-up, the important results which have been accomplished risk being reversed.

The Red Cross Red Crescent and the Alliance believe that Aids response is a shared responsibility, all of us should work towards a world free of AIDS.

The meeting is being held at the United Nations in New York from 8-10 June.

On 9 June, the IFRC and the Alliance are co-organising a side event co hosted by the UK and South African governments with different speakers amid key affected populations. The side event aims at advocating for key populations affected by HIV and AIDS or at risk of being affected by the disease such as sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs. They are in need of a concrete and effective move towards universal access to HIV services.

Case studies and report

The story of Colombian transgender Pamela

“They love us at night, they hate us the rest of the time”


China case study

Harm reduction project, Zahng Ran, Chinese Red Cross

Belarus case study

The story of Nikolay and Irina, two drug users


Sex workers promote HIV prevention among peers and clients

South Africa

South Africa: Addressing the high rate of Tuberculosis