In a video message, President Jacques Chirac reaffirms his commitment alongside UNAIDS for better preventative measures and insists on the urgency to “implement non-discriminatory and efficient HIV prevention initiatives.”
Watch Jacques Chirac’s video message
We must urgently implement non-discriminatory and efficient HIV prevention initiatives
It is a great honor for me to give this message in Brazil, a country which is very dear to me and where the AIDS response is an example for the world. I would like to congratulate President Lula for his engagement, not only domestically, but for lobbying for the world’s poorest countries.
I had the privilege of joining him in 2006 to launch the tax on airline tickets. This innovative funding mechanism has helped finance the purchase of drugs to treat pediatric AIDS. We know the importance of having quality medicine.
One of the Foundation’s missions is to fight against fraudulent drugs, which are a scourge of humanity.
While access to treatment is a priority, as UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé says we must now launch a prevention revolution.
Of course much progress has been made in research. But there are still 7000 new HIV infections everyday in the world. This number is unacceptable.
Leaders at the highest levels must be attentive to the AIDS response in their countries. We must urgently implement non-discriminatory and efficient HIV prevention initiatives.
We must not compromise respect for human dignity. The fight against AIDS demands compassion and solidarity. It must reject all forms of stigma.
I would like to underline the responsibility of decision makers to implement programs which take into account marginalized and vulnerable people.
Together we can take the measures needed to break the course of the epidemic and accelerate the scaling up of prevention.
On this World AIDS day, it is on this goal which we should base our efforts. I am happy to join you in this fight.
The Declaration of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, co-chaired by Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Winner of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine, and by Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu, calls for
- rapidly scaling up successful prevention tactics , amid strong leadership commitment and donor support;
- developing and using methods for measuring and describing the dynamic nature of every country’s epidemic, including routinely measuring incidence, providing leaders and policy-makers with the capacity to know their epidemic and to direct scare resources appropriately;
- enhancing the accountability of political and business leaders, as well as nongovernmental groups and health professionals, based on data-driven assessment of their commitment to funding HIV prevention and appropriate implementation;
- and expanding the practical protection of human rights to overcome the inequities that drive the spread of HIV, globally and locally, and to reduce the threat HIV poses to specific population groups the world over.