[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[afro-nets] Landmark Agreement Reached in Fight Against AIDS
- Subject: [afro-nets] Landmark Agreement Reached in Fight Against AIDS
- From: Dieter Neuvians MD <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 14:52:26 +0200
Landmark Agreement Reached in Fight Against AIDS
Washington, DC, 25 April 2004 ? A historic agreement to adopt a
unified global response to tackling HIV/AIDS was reached by the
international community today.
Despite stepped up resources and the best intentions, the AIDS
epidemic continues to be one of the greatest crises of the cen-
tury, with 40 million people currently infected and over 25 mil-
lion deaths to date. As governments, financial institutions and
the number of partners responding to AIDS increases, there is an
urgent need for greater support and collaboration with heavily-
affected countries and to avoid duplication and fragmentation of
A major step was taken at a meeting today in Washington D.C.,
co-chaired by UNAIDS, the UK and the US, where donors and devel-
oping countries agreed to three core principles to better coor-
dinate the scale-up of national AIDS responses. Known as the
"Three Ones", the principles are:
* one agreed HIV/AIDS action framework that provides the basis
for coordinating the work of all partners;
* one national AIDS coordinating authority, with a broad based
multi-sector mandate; and
* one agreed country-level monitoring and evaluation system.
"Today, we left our flags and affiliations at the door," said Dr
Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director. "It is not just about
raising more resources, it is about making sure these resources
are spent wisely to help countries mount sustainable and effec-
tive AIDS strategies. This is why the 'Three Ones' are so cru-
Built on lessons learned from over two decades, the "Three Ones"
will help improve the ability of donors and developing countries
to work more effectively together, on a country by country ba-
"The UK, as the world?s second largest bilateral donor on
HIV/AIDS, is firmly committed to the 'Three Ones' principles for
harmonising the efforts of donors in support of developing coun-
tries," said Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for Interna-
tional Development. "This approach formed a major plank of our
Call for Action on World AIDS Day last year and will be adopted
in the UK?s new strategy for tackling HIV/AIDS globally. I wel-
come today?s landmark agreement and look forward to a stronger,
more effective global response to the disease."
"AIDS is an emergency that requires urgent action and a new way
of doing business," said Ambassador Randall Tobias, U.S. Global
AIDS Coordinator. "The agreement reached today will help all
partners to exercise their comparative advantage in a manner
that will enhance and not constrain our collective response."
To date, some AIDS programmes have been developed in isolation
by well-intentioned donors, non-governmental organizations and
others. Governments of heavily-affected countries have often had
to deal with confusing and duplicative demands to show progress.
"At the country level, governments are struggling to fight the
AIDS epidemic, while rushing to respond to conflicting and often
repetitive donor requirements," said the Malawi Minister of
State responsible for HIV/AIDS, Honorable Mary Kaphweleza Banda.
"In order to win the war on AIDS, we must all work together for
the common good of poor people living in developing countries,"
said World Bank President James Wolfensohn of today?s announce-
ment. "Donor harmonization is a key component to fight AIDS suc-
cessfully." The Bank?s multi-country HIV/AIDS programmes aim to
support national AIDS strategies in Africa and the Caribbean to
help streamline the process.
At today?s meeting, donor countries such as Australia, Belgium,
Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Ja-
pan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom
and the United States were present along with representatives of
the World Bank, the Global Fund and United Nations agencies.
Also represented were non-governmental agencies and several de-
The three principles were first identified through a preparatory
process at global and country levels, initiated by UNAIDS in co-
operation with the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
TB and Malaria. The first meeting to review these principles was
held during the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Af-
rica in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2003.
For more information, please contact
Abby Spring, UNAIDS, Washington, DC
Stevan Jackson, World Bank, Washington, DC
Derek Warren, DFID, London
For more information about UNAIDS, please visit www.unaids.org