Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
10 June, 2011, New York: The President of Fiji, HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, spent the last day of the UNAIDS High-Level Meeting in a round of appointments and gatherings. He addressed the UNAIDS Plenary in the General Assembly Hall this afternoon.
The President attended a UNAIDS Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the Ford Foundation this morning where leaders dialogued on the subject of moving from commitments on HIV/AIDS to action. As one of the invited speakers, the President told the diverse gathering that "we have much to learn from each other." He told the prayer gathering that, "we know in the great challenge of AIDS, we must be prepared to be judged for the quality of our actions that when called upon, we showed compassion in equal measure with courage."
Later in the day the President of Fiji held a meeting with the President of the General Assembly, Dr Joseph Deiss. The main topic of the meeting was Dr Deiss's warm expression of thanks for the President's long effort in the fight against HIV/AIDS and for the leadership he has put into this week's High-Level meeting in New York. The President thanked Dr Deiss for his own strong commitment to the cause by assembling the High-Level Meeting.
This afternoon, the President addressed the meeting's Plenary to report on the outcome of the panel on innovation and new technologies. He concluded his report to the Assembly by saying that future efforts must build on the lessons learned over the past thirty years, including the benefits of investing in research and development, the need to ensure access to innovation, the need for sufficient financing, and the involvement of people living with HIV. This afternoon the Plenary unanimously passed the UNAIDS Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS intensifying our efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS.
(Photo caption: President Nailatikau with President of the UN General Assembly, Dr Joseph Deiss)
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