High Level Meeting on AIDS 2011 UN General Assembly

Published: February 1, 2011

How do we reach the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related
deaths?

OVERVIEW

The purpose of this Note is to provide information on substantive and logistical considerations in
the lead-up to the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM) as well as
the scope and major milestones of UNAIDS support to formal and informal preparatory processes.

AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY: LEVERAGING THE AIDS RESPONSE FOR SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION

It is paramount that new HIV infections are stopped. The AIDS transition, the point where fewer people are newly infected than are placed on treatment, is within our grasp. The transition depends, however, upon decisive and innovative action to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2015—in line with the Millennium Development Goals. The 2011 High Level Meeting, therefore, comes at a crucial point in the AIDS response. For decades, HIV has been addressed as a global health crisis requiring an emergency response. This approach proved spectacularly successful in mobilizing resources and expanding HIV programmes, and it remains relevant in many contexts today. However, now is the time to shift from crisis management to change management. Success depends on focusing resources on selected, evidence-informed measures which will generate results and efficiencies while promoting country- and people-owned responses.

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