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Vice President Amissah‐Arthur in New York for UN meeting on ending HIV/AIDS

The Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah‐Arthur, has arrived in New York for the United Nations High Level Meeting on ending HIV and AIDS.

The meeting, which comes off from June 8 to 10 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters, will focus on the world’s attention on the importance of a fast-track approach to the HIV and AIDS response over the next five years.

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Mr. Amissah-Arthur is expected to address the gathering as well as co-chair a panel discussion with Mr. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, former President of the Republic of Fiji on “AIDS within the SDGs: leveraging the end of AIDS for social transformation and sustainable development”.

There will also be a session on accelerating local pharmaceutical production in the ECOWAS sub-region and Africa as a whole.

The meeting comes as a new report issued by UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010.

Ending AIDS by 2030 is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals, which United Nations Member States adopted unanimously in 2015.

The lessons learned in responding to HIV/AIDS will play an instrumental role in the success of many of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably Sustainable Development Goal 3, good health and well-being, and the goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, reduced inequalities, global partnerships and just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

The Vice President is due to return home over the weekend.

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