UN / AIDS DECLARATION

08-Jun-2021 00:03:38
“In spite of all the setbacks, we can end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as we promised if the world comes together,” UNAIDS Executive Director said at the opening of a General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / AIDS DECLARATION
TRT: 3:38
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 8 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

8 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3.Wide shot, Byanyima going to rostrum
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“HIV rates are not following the trajectory that we together promised. Indeed, amidst the fallout from the COVID crisis, we could even see a resurgent pandemic. But a never-ending HIV pandemic is not our fate. Even in spite of all the setbacks, we can end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as we promised if the world comes together.”
5.Wide shot, Byanyima going to rostrum
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“The evidence and analysis is clear; inequalities in power in status in rights and voice are driving the HIV pandemic. Inequalities, kill. As the global aid strategy sets out to end AIDS, we have to end the inequalities which perpetuate it.”
7.Wide shot, Byanyima going to rostrum
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“Today, we are setting, bold, ambitious goals to reach 95 percent of those in need with HIV treatment and prevention. To get there we need to reimagine HIV services, making them easy to access and designed around people's lives, meeting their needs.”
9.Wide shot, Byanyima going to rostrum
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
“This moment calls for us to work together across sectors, across countries. Populism, false promises, are proving no match to biology as COVID reminds us. We're not just interconnected we are inseparable. We cannot end AIDS in one country or one continent. We can only end AIDS everywhere.”
11.Wide shot, Byanyima leaving podium
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Charlize Theron, Founder, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, UN Messenger of Peace, actress and producer:
“We need to stop blaming shaming and discriminating against people in need, and start creating the enabling environments that can provide real help and hope. The support should include quality education, as well as sex education, in and out of school, safe, and user-friendly healthcare services, and the ability to make choices about their own bodies, about their partners. And if we want to end AIDS, we must respect and protect the rights of everyone, everywhere.”
13.Med shot, GA podium
14.Close up, Russian delegate speaking
15.Close up, GA voting board
16.Wide shot, GA Hall
STORYLINE
At the High-Level Meeting on AIDS, taking place between 8 and 10 June 2021, the UN General Assembly adopted a new political declaration to guide the future direction of the response. The declaration was adopted by 165 votes in favour and 4 against, after the Russian Federation’s and three other countries’ objections to the text of the declaration prevented a more customary adoption by consensus.

In her opening remarks, Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) called for unity and fight against inequality in order to reach the goal of ending AIDS pandemic by 2030.

“Even in spite of all the setbacks, we can end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as we promised if the world comes together,” Byanyima said. “The evidence and analysis is clear; inequalities in power in status in rights and voice are driving the HIV pandemic. Inequalities, kill. As the global aid strategy sets out to end AIDS, we have to end the inequalities which perpetuate it,” she added.

To achieve a “bold, ambitious goals to reach 95 percent of those in need with HIV treatment and prevention,” Byanyima said, “we need to re-imagine HIV services, making them easy to access and designed around people's lives, meeting their needs.”

She also said “populism, false promises, are proving no match to biology as COVID reminds us. We're not just interconnected we are inseparable. We cannot end AIDS in one country or one continent. We can only end AIDS everywhere.”

In a pre-recorded message, the Founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, UN Messenger of Peace, actress and producer Charlize Theron said, “We need to stop blaming shaming and discriminating against people in need and start creating the enabling environments that can provide real help and hope. The support should include quality education, as well as sex education, in and out of school, safe, and user-friendly healthcare services, and the ability to make choices about their own bodies, about their partners. And if we want to end AIDS, we must respect and protect the rights of everyone, everywhere.”

The high-level meeting will review the progress made in reducing the impact of HIV since the last United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2016 and the General Assembly

The meeting comes at a historic moment for the AIDS response, 40 years after the emergence of the first cases of HIV and 25 years since the creation of UNAIDS.
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