UNAIDS has released a new report showing that for the first time the scales have tipped: more than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005.
In 2016, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. Provided that scale-up continues, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020 – More
On 18 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre and the South African High Commission joined together to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day and devote 67 minutes of community service to the Baptist Aged Care Facility in Red Hill, Canberra.
The event was opened by UNIC Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, who explained the significance of the 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service. This was followed by the reading of a message from the UN Secretary-General and then a film about the life of Nelson Mandela.
Mr Christopher Woodthorpe (left), High Commissioner Ms Beryl Sisulu (centre), with colleagues from the South African High Commission
If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, key stakeholders, including governments, must drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a faster rate, says the latest progress report on the SDGs launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today. More
The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which is the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.
The impetus for the treaty reflects growing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons as well as awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result if nuclear weapons were ever used again. The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspiration of a world without nuclear weapons.
The Secretary-General hopes that this new treaty will promote inclusive dialogue and renewed international cooperation aimed at achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General,
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 4 July 2017.
This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations.
The Secretary-General underlines the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
We condemn the terrorist attacks in the Syrian capital of Damascus yesterday. We are appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators. We express our condolences to the families of the victims of the incident and wish those injured a speedy recovery. Those responsible for the attacks must be held accountable.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 4 July 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria.
The panel, formally known as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011, was established by the UN General Assembly in December last year more