A history of World AIDS Day from its creation in 1988 to present day.
Created by WorldAIDSCampaign on 28/01/2011
Last updated: 04/04/11 at 22:10
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon launches Light for Rights, a joint initiative by amfAR, Broadway Cares, UNAIDS and the World AIDS Campaign, in New York City on World AIDS Day
17th International AIDS Conference takes place in Mexico focusing on science, accountability and stigma and discrimination
International HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting held in Kigali, hosted by the Rwandan government draws over 1,500 delegates to share lessons on HIV, prevention, treatment and care. Co-sponsors include PEPfar, Global Fund, UNAIDS, WHO , UNICEF, the World Bank and GNP+
Civil Society efforts bring attention to Novartis court case in India over patent laws. In 2007, Novartis loses a case in an Indian court, stopping possible profound implications for the production of generic drugs http://www.accessmed-msf.org/main/hiv-aids/introduction-to-hivaids/promoting-generic-competition/
UN convenes follow up meeting and issues progress report on the implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS where the political declaration from this meeting agrees to: “the urgent need to scale up significantly towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support by 2010…”
5th year anniversary of Doha agreement - despite the 5 year anniversary, medicines continue to be priced exorbitantly high - some countries use new bilateral and regional trade agreements specifically to remove these flexibilities.
G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland - G8 leaders pledged “to develop and implement a package for HIV prevention, treatment and care, with the aim of as close as possible to universal access to treatment for all those who need it by 2010.” http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/about_the_gc/government_support/PostG8_Gleneagles_Communique.pdf
World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos includes a priority focus on addressing HIV/AIDS in Africa and other hard hit regions of the world
AIDS Walk New York, marks its 20th year and raises $5.8 million – it is the world's largest private AIDS fundraising event
Leaders of the G8 call for the creation of the “Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise” – consortium of government and private sector groups designed to coordinate and accelerate research efforts to find and effective HIV vaccine
From its inception in 1997, the World AIDS Campaign was managed by UNAIDS and focused on raising public awareness on specific issues related to HIV and AIDS, such as the importance of fighting stigma and discrimination and the disproportionate impact of AIDS on women and girls. Over the years, feedback from campaigners has suggested that the World AIDS Campaign has helped influence the international agenda around HIV and AIDS but due to its global nature and, to some degree, its close association with UN agencies, the Campaign sometimes fell short of reaching its full potential at a national and local levels. As a result, in 2004 the World AIDS Campaign became an independent NGO, based in the Netherlands. In 2007 the WAC opened its office in Cape Town, South Africa Our goal is to ensure governments and policy makers meet the targets they have agreed and mobilise the resources required in the response to HIV and AIDS.
President Bush announces PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) – PEPFAR is a five-year 15 billion dollar initiative to address HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria