PRESS RELEASE Findings from a new joint study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of New South Wales indicate an urgent need for reforms in Pacific island countries to adequately address HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among vulnerable populations.
The study, titled Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations, examined the behaviour risk factors and social and structural determinants of risk that drive the epidemic among vulnerable groups, such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and seafarers.
The study, which covers nine Pacific countries, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, was released at a regional HIV forum that opened in Suva, Fiji today.
What: United Nations High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance
Who: (Opening Session) H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General H.E. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization H.E. Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization H.E. Dr. Monique Eloit, Director-General of the World Organization for Animal Health
When: Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
The 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS will take place from 8 to 10 June at UN Headquarters in New York. It will focus the world’s attention on the importance of accelerating the response to HIV over the next five years to set the world on course to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN Secretary-General will present his report (published in April) on progress made.
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