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A Caribbean Movement: dismantling barriers for getting to Zero discrimination

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the road we have travelled toward achieving the millennium development goals and the prospects for placing HIV and sustainable health as priorities in the post 2015 development goals. 

The focus this year on “getting to Zero discrimination” challenges all nations to confront a major hurdle in this transitional phase. In this respect I am pleased to be part of the Caribbean’s Justice for All programme coordinated by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) with the support of UNAIDS and other partners. I am excited by the prospect that this programme has unlocked the potential of a movement designed to be a game changer. The various partners including Faith leaders, parliamentarians, youth, private sector, civil society and the media engaging in national conversations have already demonstrated that there is broad agreement on the principles of “justice for all”. They comprehend that while the Caribbean has accomplished much in its fight against AIDS, reversals of these gains will occur unless they are collective efforts through shared responsibility to find scientific and other solutions including sustainable financing, investing in treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, in prevention and particularly, in eliminating stigma and discrimination. I applaud the Faith leaders of all denominations throughout the Caribbean for highlighting “justice for all in Getting to Zero” as their flagships in commemorating World AIDS Day 2013. I dream that the momentum of this movement would propel the dismantling of all those barriers in the path of “getting to Zero discrimination”.

 

 

World AIDS Day (2013) Message from Edward Greene
UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean