Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe arrived in New York Tuesday night to attend the United Nations High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS.
Motlanthe will participate in the debate on HIV/AIDS, which will be attended by several heads of state.
The Deputy President will also attend the Opening Plenary of the UN General Assembly's High-Level meeting on the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realising the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.
The meeting happens at a time when the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) is in the process of reviewing progress on the implementation of the South African National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS towards the formulation of new Plan for 2012-2016.
Motlanthe will give a national statement during the plenary discussions, which will cover the evolution of the national response, the scale of the HIV/AIDS problem in South Africa, successes and challenges as well as the envisaged future strategies and policies in the fight against the disease in South Africa.
The statement will also touch on the role of South Africa in the Global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Motlanthe is accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motswaledi.
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