UNAIDS-Luxembourg partnership endures

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé speaks at the press briefing unveiling “UNAIDS – AIDS at 30: Progress of Nations Report” on June 2, 2011. UNAIDS won assurance from Luxembourg of multiyear contribution. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / United Nations

Luxembourg will continue funding the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS through 2015.

No figure was provided for the new multiyear funding commitment, on how much the European donor will provide annually to UNAIDS. The contributions will require parliamentary approval.

In addition to annual contributions for UNAIDS operations, Luxembourg will allocate funds for projects under specific issues. This year, Luxembourg will fund activities relating to gender equality and AIDS, and supporting national strategic planning. In 2010-2011, it gave UNAIDS €2 million ($2.5 million) to address violence against women, speed up progress on preventing new HIV infections in children and unveil the UNAIDS agenda to accelerate country action for women and girls.

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