The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS
Agenda: Ending AIDS and accelerating HIV Prevention: a Joint Response in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals
It is a model tradition for committee chair-persons to write some words of encouragement to the delegates. This time is no exception.
I would like, with my most pleasure, to welcome you on our committee page. It is an honor to serve this year as the Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV, the only UN committee specialized in battling AIDS/HIV-related diseases.
It took long for people to realize that HIV is not a death sentence but a virus, spreading of which could be contained, though with much effort.
This is why we scheduling UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting, to take this effort and advance our mights to accelerate the HIV/AIDS prevention.
I wish us good luck and an easy road on our way.
The Executive Director (UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board)
It’s my absolute honor to welcome you at MSUMUN on behalf of the Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS. After having participated in several simulations in different countries, organized, chaired and experted various MUNs and SDG Forum I would like to share my experience with all of you who will participate in these 5 incredible days.
In our committee we will be discussing one of a major global public health problem, that is the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic. It not only leads to terrible human health consequences, but also influences social sphere of people’s life and causes the emergence of stigma. The relevance of the Agenda could be proved by the fact that, in the world perspective, around 75 million have become infected with HIV and around 33 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. It is evident, that such an urgent matter could be saved only by joint forces implementing the most innovative and modern strategies. One of the latters is a combination of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that are a basis of Decade of Action, which we are living in.
As a Deputy Executive Director, I am very excited to meet you all and look forward to seeing you at MSUMUN! Together we can change the present to achieve a better future leaving no one behind!
Deputy Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
HIV and COVID-19 are the two pandemics that today continue to take away what is the most precious to everyone: our lives, our dreams, our hopes. However, amid coronavirus mayhem, HIV tends to fade into the background, while our fellow citizens die every single day of AIDS-related illnesses. HIV is about everyone of us. In 2019 there were about 38 million people across the globe with HIV/AIDS. Hence, everyone does know at least one person living with HIV, but they would never tell you – being afraid of stigma, prejudice, disgust.
Everyone wants sex to be safe. Condoms or celibacy, needle exchange or drug ban, inclusiveness or shaming – what are the most effective tools to combat HIV? It is up to us to decide together at the sessions of UNAIDS!
Expert of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS