14 Jun 2021
Prime Minister of Thailand participated in the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS 2021 and joined international community in adopting Political Declaration as a key roadmap to promote implementation of the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 towards achieving SDGs on ending AIDS by 2030.
On 8 June 2021, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, shared key approaches to responses to the AIDS epidemic via video conference at the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS 2021. He highlighted key priorities such as scaling up innovation and expanding coverage of HIV services to all in need under the Universal Health Coverage scheme; and promoting the role of the community – particularly civil society and key populations -- in developing, implementing and improving HIV-related policies and services, in order to truly reflect the people’s needs.
The Prime Minister also joined other global leaders in adopting the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS which encompasses key issues such as ending stigmatisation and discrimination, access to quality medicines and HIV treatments, and the importance of maintaining the use of flexibilities under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The new political declaration will serve as a roadmap for the next five years and reflects the firm commitment of global leaders to achieve the SDG target of ending AIDS by 2030.
The UNGA High-level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, which has been held every 5 years since 2001, is a vital global platform for the international community to discuss key trends, set targets, and reaffirm joint commitments to tackle HIV and AIDS.