The work of community-based organizations in HIV prevention can be linked with the development of democracy
The 19th International AIDS Conference was held in Washington D.C. in July 2012, with a focus on how global and decisive commitment [opens to PDF] is crucial to changing the course of the epidemic. The biennial conference is the premier gathering for people working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
During the conference, ten community-based organizations [opens to PDF] which have shown exceptional and inspiring action on AIDS were honoured with the 2012 Red Ribbon Award in a special session. They were selected from over 1400 nominations representing more than 120 countries.
According to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, “Communities are where the response to AIDS started and it is their energy, innovation and leadership that have set us on the course to end AIDS.”
Nobel laureate and General Secretary of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi delivered remarks to the Red Ribbon Awared ceremony by video. She stressed the importance of community-based organizations and said, “By strengthening the community we strengthen our chances of achieving democracy and of building up strong democratic institutions. “
We share audio from the speech delivered by Aung San Suu Kyi.