Caritas Internationalis General Secretariat and Caritas member representatives are attending the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV in New York this week, where they will be part of the launch a policy paper on the need for maintaining funding to tackle the pandemic in the wake the financial crisis.

The meeting, which takes place from June 8th – 10th, will review progress against commitments made in 2001 and 2006.

Although the global community has contributed more than US$32bn to achieve universal access to treatment for all those infected, these targets have not been met, particularly in the poorest countries.

Finola Finnan, Trócaire (Caritas Ireland) Programme Leader for HIV and AIDS and Chair of the Catholic HIV and AIDS Network (CHAN), will stress the need for countries to fulfil commitments already made, while also calling on further long-term commitments to extend treatment and support to the most vulnerable.

The CHAN paper ‘Keeping Commitments for HIV and AIDS: Access for all to Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support’ will be launched on Wednesday, June 8th, at a side-event to be attended by leading figures in the battle against HIV and AIDS, including Dr. Paul De Lay, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Read the Catholic HIV and AIDS network position paper (CHAN Advocacy Paper)