Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
World AIDS Day is a day when people from around the world come together within a single effort. The global theme for the World AIDS Day 2006 is accountability – and the slogan is “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise!”
The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to be a catastrophe. In 2003, 3 million died from the epidemic, 14 million children have been orphaned, globally more than 40 million are infected. There is still no cure and no vaccine. With 5 million new infections in each of the last three years we are confronted with a massive failure of prevention. UNESCO believes that the further spread of HIV can be prevented. In cooperation with UNAIDS UNESCO spearheaded the launch of the Global Initiative for an AIDS-free generation by a massive expansion of prevention education. By HIV/AIDS prevention education, UNESCO means offering learning opportunities for all to develop the knowledge, skills, competencies, values and attitudes that will limit the transmission and impact of the pandemic. Awareness and commitment on HIV/AIDS among opinion leaders and policymakers, particularly those with influence on education should be increased, education system should be improved, through developing new programmes on HIV/AIDS that also reach out-of-school youth. According to the UNESCO Strategy for HIV/AIDS prevention education the highest priority is the age group between 10 and 25 (children and youth), in which about half of new infections take place. The Global Initiative is a renewed commitment to achieve goals already set by the United Nations in the Millennium Declaration: “To have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS” (Goal 6, Target 7).
This year, as usual, the UNESCO Moscow Office participated in the events dedicated to the World AIDS Day.
With the support of the UNESCO office in Moscow and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) the Youth Wing of the United Nations Association of Russia (UNAR) organized and conducted the Information Charitable Action in the support of people living with HIV. Among the other activities, the Action included printing and distribution of the brochures and the posters with regards to the project subject as well as conducting the Conference on Fighting HIV- Related Stigma and Discrimination held on 1 December in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with the participation of experts and representatives of the Community of people living with HIV. During the conference Deputy Chair of UNAR and Chairholder of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy A.Borisov, Chair of the Youth Wing of UNAR A.Sharova, UNAIDS Representative in the Russian Federation and CIS B.Lindblad, UNAIDS Advocacy and Communications Adviser E.Tamazova, Assistant for Social and Human Sciences of the UNESCO Moscow Office A.Ampar, Manager for Information of the "Community PLH" N.Makriashina and Chief redactor of the “Shagi” magazine N.Skibnevskaya discussed the topical HIV issues with the school and universities students.