HIV/AIDS and renewable energy top Irina Bokova’s agenda prior to the Chief Executives Board in Nairobi
On 31 March, one day before the first regular session for 2011 of the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, attended the launch of the 2011 report of the UN Secretary-General entitled “Progress made in the implementation of the Declaration of commitment on HIV/AIDS” in Nairobi, Kenya. The Director-General added her voice to international mobilization on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Later that day, Irina Bokova participated in a meeting of the 10 UN entities together with UNAIDS secretariat to revitalize global momentum around AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The commitment was made to a vision of zero discrimination, zero new HIV infections, and zero Aids-related deaths.
The Executive Heads discussed ways also to maximize the coherence, coordination and impact of the United Nations’ response to AIDS and endorsed a new UNAIDS strategy for 2011-2015.
The Director-General supported the demands for greater accountability of the funding and emphasized the need to build country capacity for more effective and sustainable educational responses to HIV. Underscoring the momentum to advance human rights and to strengthen comprehensive HIV and sexuality education, she insisted on adequate recognition of the role of education in HIV prevention. “UNESCO has supported countries in promoting gender equality and human rights and in tackling discrimination through education outreach and support to the needs of high–risk populations and people living with HIV,” she stated.
In the framework of efforts to reduce Co2 gas emissions, the Executive Heads participated in the inauguration of the new energy efficient office building for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat in Nairobi. The event was hosted by the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The building was singled out by the CEB members as an example of Africa leading the move towards a greener world. The Nairobi UN building has the largest solar power installation in Africa and has provided a valuable lesson in renewable energy investments.
Irina Bokova took part also in the meeting of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Principals, where the Executive Heads discussed the management and accountability of the UN system and the reinforcement of the Delivering as One process.