UN / UNAIDS PRESSER

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“The inequalities exposed by the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 are a wakeup call for the world to prioritize and invest fully in realizing the right to health for all people without discrimination,” UNAIDS Executive Director said on Wednesday. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 9 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

9 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“The declaration is ambitious, and most importantly it is achievable. It includes targets, prepared by us, UNAIDS, using an inequalities lens. And these are targets to be achieved by 2025 halfway. The targets are inclusive. They are progressive and will save lives, if achieved.”
4.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“If all countries reach their targets, new infections will be reduced by 75 percent, by 2025. The number of people dying from AIDS related illnesses will be reduced by about 65 percent. If countries, though, continue business as usual we will fail.”
6.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“The evidence, the analysis is clear: inequalities are driving the HIV pandemic. The very people most affected by HIV - these are mainly women and girls in Africa, men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people and people in prisons - they are being left out of health programming, and they are the most vulnerable to HIV.”
8.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“The declaration includes important targets and commitments to break down the barriers that these groups face, and to reach 95 percent of the people most affected by HIV prevention with prevention and treatment services.”
10.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“The inequalities exposed by the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 are a wakeup call for the world to prioritize and invest fully in realizing the right to health for all people without discrimination. The declaration is an important step forward, which, if we implement, targets are met, will put us firmly on the path to end AIDS by 2030.”
12.Wide shot, podium with speakers in press room

STORYLINE:

“The inequalities exposed by the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 are a wakeup call for the world to prioritize and invest fully in realizing the right to health for all people without discrimination,” UNAIDS Executive Director said on Wednesday.

At the onset of the high-level meeting on AIDS taking place from 8 to 10 June at the UN Headquarters in New York, the UN General Assembly adopted a new political declaration to guide the future direction of the AIDS response over the next five years.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday (9 Jun), the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Winnie Byanyima said “the declaration is ambitious, and most importantly it is achievable. It includes targets, prepared by us, UNAIDS, using an inequalities lens. And these are targets to be achieved by 2025 halfway. The targets are inclusive. They are progressive and will save lives, if achieved.”

If the countries succeed in reaching their targets, new HIV infections “will be reduced by 75 percent, by 2025,” while the number of people dying from AIDS related illnesses will be reduced “by about 65 percent,” said Byanyima. “If countries, though, continue business as usual we will fail,” she added.

The Executive Director explained that the evidence points to inequalities as the driving factor behind the HIV pandemic.

“The very people most affected by HIV - these are mainly women and girls in Africa, men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people and people in prisons - they are being left out of health programming, and they are the most vulnerable to HIV,” she said. ““The declaration includes important targets and commitments to break down the barriers that these groups face, and to reach 95 percent of the people most affected by HIV prevention with prevention and treatment services.”

Byanyima also said that the political declaration “is an important step forward,” for the world to reach the goal of ending the AIDS by 2030.
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