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Nigeria begins preparations for UN AIDS summit

04 April 2016, 20:36

Lagos – The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is stepping up efforts to ensure that the country’s leadership participates in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

The meeting will take place in New York, United States, from June 8 to 10.

“NACA recognises the importance of the upcoming High Level Meeting to the global goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. My team is working hard to ensure that Nigeria contributes to preparations for the meeting and that it is represented by the highest political leadership possible during the meeting,” said the Director General of NACA, Prof John Idoko.

“The upcoming meeting offers a timely and critical opportunity for the political leadership in Nigeria to help nurture the global partnership and cooperation that shall guide and monitor the AIDS response up to 2021 and beyond,” Idoko said.

Also read: Buhari to attend Africa investment summit 

The preparations follow the official visit of the UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Michel Sidibé, to Nigeria in February.

During his successful official visit to Nigeria in February, Sidibé explained the importance of High Level Meeting to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and appealed to the Nigerian authorities to play a leadership role in it.

The High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS shall review the progress achieved in realising the implementation of the Political Declarations of 2011, including successes, lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, as well as challenges and opportunities.

The meeting will adopt a new Political Declaration to guide the AIDS response until 2021.

“It has become scientifically evident that the world can defeat AIDS by

2030 and that Nigeria can lead this global success,” said the UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Bilali Camara. 


- CAJ News


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