Twelve ASEAN city Mayors and representatives today convene under the ASEAN Task Force on AIDS platform to address the problem of HIV and AIDS. The Meeting aims to develop creative and sustainable solutions to reverse HIV transmission and mitigate the impact of the disease to the people of ASEAN.

Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD) nominated cities to forge partnerships and develop recommendations for implementation at the city level, taking into account the sharing of best practice, exchange of expertise and technical support, regional advocacy and joint capacity building activities in the next three years. Representatives from World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, UNDP and the ASEAN Secretariat are also expected to attend the meeting.

The 19th ASEAN Summit last November adopted the ASEAN Declaration on Getting to Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-Related Deaths in ASEAN by 2015. The Meeting is a pro-active response to implement a regional initiative to complement expanding national responses by Member States in priority geographical areas.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Health Thailand, in collaboration with the ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA), Indonesia is the lead country for the joint initiative under the Fourth ASEAN Work Programme on HIV and AIDS (2011-2015). This meeting was held on the sideline of the 11th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM) and its related Meetings in Phuket, Thailand from 2-6 July 2012.

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