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.
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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