2011 was a game-changing year -UNAIDS

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Michel Sidibé

The AIDS response saw remarkable progress in 2011. Until recently, the end of the HIV epidemic seemed a distant dream, but science, political leadership and community responses have helped to deliver clear and tangible results. As such, 2011 will be remembered as a game-changing year.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé told the Joint Programme's Board meeting that "A year ago, skeptics said that getting to zero—zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths- was just a slogan. But he said countries, partners and people around the world have embraced the UNAIDS vision and are now working to translate it into reality."

In June 2011, and amidst one of the most severe financial crisises in recent history, countries came together to adopt a new and historic Declaration on AIDS at the 2011 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS. The 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying Our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS set forth bold new targets to advance the AIDS response even further. As never before, the concept of shared values and shared responsibility became a reality. Countries committed to meeting critical investment needs by identifying new funding opportunities, as well as contributing according to their differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities. This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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