H.E. Mr. Hasan Kleib
Deputy Permanent Representative of
The Republic of Indonesia
Agenda Item 41:
Progress in the Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS
New York, 16 June 2009
Let me begin by thanking you for convening this plenary meeting and to the Secretary-General for his report. The report provided us with a snapshot of the progress made so far as well as challenges in addressing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
It is heartening to note that much has been achieved since the inception of the Declarations in 2001 on HIV/AIDS. A plethora of measures has been enacted. For us, Indonesia, today’s meeting will serve beyond assessing the progress made so far by member states, and the challenges facing many of us. Today’s meeting will provide a springboard to discuss ways and means to navigate through the current global economic crisis that will surely impact our efforts in the short run, and in the longer run.
We are, and should be, mindful of this.
The current economic crisis should be prevented from taking tolls on our objective. Instead, this crisis should be used as a springboard to forge a closer cooperation and partnership.
Mr. President, it is encouraging to witness the various advances made to combat this deadly disease. However, new HIV/AIDS infections still continue globally, particularly in low and middle income countries.
To our dissatisfaction, the lack of capacity in many countries poses serious obstacles in determining the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Consequently this undermines efforts to provide universal access. This should be avoided, and we should come up with a comprehensive strategy to assist countries that are facing this difficulty.
Moreover, greater international prioritization and action towards strengthening the global health system is much needed. This would in turn help scale up HIV services.
But no health system can be sustainable if it is not supported with a knowledgeable and professional workforce. Promoting education and training are critical for this reason and should be a part of international action.
Promoting efficiency can also contribute to a better long term response. Integration of HIV services with reproductive health services could be one way of optimizing limited resources and maximizing impact.
The United Nations system should also ensure greater coherence and coordination among its agencies.
Mr. President, before concluding my remark, I would like to highlight Indonesia’s effort in implementing our commitment. The work of our National Commission on HIV /AIDS is guided by four main components namely prevention, treatment, care and support interventions.
It led the Commission to institute some key policies and action plans. Let me briefly underscore three of them.
First. A National AIDS Response Strategy and Action Plan for 2007 until 2010. The plan includes preventive measures by raising public awareness on HIV/AIDS and promoting less risky behavior. The plan is being aggressively implemented in parts of Indonesia where HIV is quickly spreading.
Second. The Commission in cooperation with local government is providing guidelines in the establishment of regional HIV /AIDS commissions.
Third. The Commission in cooperation with the National Anti-Drug Agency is strengthening action against illegal trafficking of psychotropic substances and other drugs.
Moreover, we are continually making efforts to scale up response including providing free anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients. The close connection between TB and HIV has also prompted us to establish a “one roof” service for TB and HIV patients.
In closing, Mr. President, let me reiterate Indonesia’s steadfastness to continue implementing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
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