Political Challenges to Mounting and Sustaining a Public Health Response to HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries

  • Judith D. Auerbach
  • Courtney Mulhern-Pearson


In June 2001, at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (known as “UNGASS”), 189 Member States signed a Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. By all accounts, this was a turning point in the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Declaration specified national, regional, and global goals and targets related to preventing new HIV infections, expanding HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and mitigating the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. In subsequent years, reports by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as well as by other global health, research, and advocacy organizations, documented progress, or lack thereof, in meeting the 2001 UNGASS goals and targets.

Five years later, in early-June 2006, at the U.N. General Assembly 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, Member States unanimously adopted a new Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS reaffirming and strengthening commitments made in 2001. These declarations were not...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith D. Auerbach
    • 1
  • Courtney Mulhern-Pearson
    • 1
  1. 1.San Francisco AIDS FoundationSan FranciscoUSA

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