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United Nations High-level meeting on HIV/AIDS

On June 8, 2016 the United Nations High-level meeting on HIV/AIDS has started in New York. At the plenary meeting H.E. Mr. Mogens Lyukketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Ms. Lois Mathur, female openly living with HIV, and Mr. Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and an activist fighting AIDS, delivered their statements.
There were statements of High-level participants: H.E. Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, Roxana Guevara, Vice-President of Honduras, the Prime Ministers of Swaziland and Uganda, Deputy Prime Ministers of Lesotho and Gabon and other officials.
The Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS was adopted by UN Member States during the plenary session.
On the first day of the event the delegation of Kazakhstan headed by Alexey Tsoi, Vice-Minister of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Maksut Kulzhanov, Advisor of Minister of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, also participated in the High-level panel discussion on “Financing the end of AIDS: the window of opportunity.”

The issues related to the allocation of core resources in the first years of the strategies of AIDS eradication in countries with a high burden of the epidemic as well as in countries with low prevalence, in accordance with the principle of shared responsibility and global solidarity were discussed. The key speakers were H.E. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso and Lorena Castillo de Varela, the first lady of the Republic of Panama. High-level representatives of Tunisia, Canada, Senegal and Argentina, as well as Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other key activists of the global campaign against AIDS participated in the panel discussion.
In the statement Alexey Tsoi, Deputy Minister of Healthcare and Social Development, noted that Kazakhstan is among the few countries of the region, where HIV treatment is carried out entirely at the expense of the state. He urged the participants not to allow reduction of financial funding, to optimize the costs and to find additional financial capacities to accelerate the victory over the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

On the same day, in the margins of the High-level meeting was convened a bilateral meeting between the Vice-Minister of Healthcare and Social Development Kazakhstan and Professor Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The participants discussed the priorities of further cooperation; the successes of Kazakhstan in the field of public health, including fight against AIDS, were highlighted at the meeting.
Mr. Tsoi reported regarding the priorities of Kazakhstan in the field of public healthcare: introduction of compulsory social health insurance, prioritized development of primary health care, development of private medical healthcare, introduction of corporate governance in healthcare facilities and establishment of the Joint Commission on the quality of medical services, which formed the basis of the new 2016-2019 State programme of Development of Healthcare “Densaulyk” (“Health”).
Also, in the margins of the Plenary meeting were held bilateral meetings with H.E. Ms. Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs and Healthcare of France, and H.E. Mr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Healthcare of Ethiopia.
The delegation of Kazakhstan also includes representatives of non-government organizations.