UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with the Danish Minister of Development Christian Friis Bach on 27 February at the UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva to find ways to further strengthen collaboration. They underlined the progress made in preventing new HIV infections among children and the important impact these efforts are having on women's health, in particular addressing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women.
Minister Bach commented on the global consultation organized by Denmark on 18-19 February on addressing inequalities in the post 2015 development agenda where it was highlighted that gender disparities - from access to health and education to political participation, justice or jobs - still present a global challenge. Mr Sidibé emphasized that the AIDS response has been instrumental in reaching out to the most at risk and vulnerable populations and it continues to be a key channel to advance the broader rights agenda.
UNAIDS remains extremely relevant to advancing global health and tackling sensitive issues on the path to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.
- Danish Minister of Development Christian Friis Bach
The AIDS response is an important entry point to address broader development issues such social exclusion, inequality and access to health services.
- UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé