PM Douglas Speaks About AIDS At United Nations

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United Nations Conference on HIV / AIDS

Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
June 09, 2008 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is leading the Federation’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS.

The June 10th and 11th Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York will review progress made in implementing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and promote continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS

Prime Minister Douglas is also CARICOM’s lead spokesman on HIV/AIDS and other health issues.

The high-level meeting will provide an important forum for various stakeholders, including government representatives and accredited civil society participants.

Discussions are expected to focus on the progress made, challenges remaining and sustainable ways to overcome them.

It includes the issuance of a report of the UN Secretary-General on the progress of the AIDS response, plenary meetings, five thematic panel discussions and a civil society hearing.

The outcome of the meeting will be a summary presented by the President of the UN General Assembly. On June 9 and 12, side events will be held related to issues discussed at the High Level Meeting.

Other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Elvis Newton; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Non-Resident Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Delano Bart and National AIDS Co-ordinator, Mrs. Gardenia Destang-Richardson. The delegation also includes an individual living with HIV/AIDS.

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