UN: UNAIDS, Belgium sign new multi-year funding agreement

New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Government of Belgium have signed a new multi-year funding agreement for 2017–2020 to enhance the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

A UNAIDS statement made available to PANA in New York on Monday stated that the agreement was formalized in Brussels, Belgium, by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Alexander De Croo.

It noted that the new agreement renews Belgium’s contribution to UNAIDS, which remains at four million Euros per year until 2020, which, it said, is crucial to achieving the UNAIDS' Fast-Track Targets and putting the world on track towards ending the global AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

UNAIDS Executive Director commended Belgium for its long-standing support to UNAIDS and its political leadership in the global AIDS response.

He stated: "Belgium has been a key partner in the global AIDS response since the beginning of the epidemic and the country is among UNAIDS’ strongest allies on issues such as the promotion of human rights in the context of HIV, including sexual and reproductive health and rights."

On his part, Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister, said: "I am very pleased to work with UNAIDS, especially in our priority in Western and Central Africa."
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27 يونيو 2016 15:06:20

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