Helen Clark meets with UNAIDS Executive Director

03 Jun 2009

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has met with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe at UNDP headquarters in New York.

UNDP works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce its impact. As a trusted development partner, and co-sponsor of UNAIDS, it helps countries put HIV/AIDS at the centre of national development and poverty reduction strategies; build national capacity to mobilize all levels of government and civil society for a coordinated and effective response to the epidemic; and protect the rights of people living with AIDS, women, and vulnerable populations. Because HIV/AIDS is a world-wide problem, UNDP supports these national efforts by offering knowledge, resources and best practices from around the world.

The UN system shares a commitment to reversing the spread of the AIDS epidemic. As a cosponsor of UNAIDS, UNDP's response to AIDS stems from our human development, poverty reduction and governance mandates. It recognizes that AIDS impacts the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and particularly targets relating to poverty, gender, education, and child and maternal mortality.