The United Kingdom's Department for International Development has announced a 50% increase in its annual contribution to UNAIDS, from £10 million to £15 million for 2013 and 2014. The announcement was made by Lynne Featherstone, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at an event on the UK’s International Response to AIDS. The event was organized by the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS to commemorate World AIDS Day.
Minister Featherstone emphasized the leadership of UNAIDS and its critical role in the global response to AIDS. She also stressed the need to continue efforts to prevent stigma and discrimination of all kinds.
Speaking at the event, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Luiz Loures congratulated the UK on its commitment to the AIDS response and welcomed the UK's support and confidence in the work of UNAIDS. Dr Loures emphasized the need to ensure that no one is left behind in the response to HIV.
During the event, held in London in the House of Commons and chaired by Russell Brown MP, a review of the UK’s position paper on HIV in the developing world was launched followed by a discussion with Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Nik Hartley, CEO of Restless Development.