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Media Release

President Address’s UN Meeting

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8th June, 2011, New York: The President of Fiji, HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, addressed the United Nations this morning in New York.  Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers of Health have gathered at the United Nations this week for an HIV/AIDS High-Level Meeting. The meeting represents a comprehensive review of progress achieved in realizing the declarations of the United Nations in its commitment on HIV/AIDS.

In his address, the President of Fiji likened the threat of HIV/AIDS to a ticking time-bomb for small island developing countries like Fiji, and said that there was now full recognition that the younger portions of island populations are under threat from this scourge.  The President outlined the purpose of the Fiji Government's HIV/AIDS Decree of 2011, based on it's provisions for human rights based measures to assist HIV prevention, and to care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

"We must see to it," the President said, "that adequate resources and funding are made available to ensure universal accessibility to prevention, treatment and support in places of learning, work, play and worship."

The President concluded his address by affirming that, "I say these words with hope and confidence, because eradicating the scourge of HIV/AIDS is within humanity's control."

This evening the President will attend and speak at a special event for Heads of State and Heads of Government chaired by President Kagame of Rwanda to examine the response of the World's Governments to the HIV/AIDS challenge to humanity.

(Photo caption: H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau addresses the opening of the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)