|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan receives Michel Sidibe, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNAIDS Executive Director, in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has thanked the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for its support of Viet Nam's fight against the pandemic.
Welcoming Michel Sidibe, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNAIDS Executive Director, in Ha Noi yesterday, she said Viet Nam had demonstrated strong political commitment to speeding up HIV/AIDS prevention.
The country had also exerted efforts to ensure equal access by all people to social welfare, medical care as well as HIV/AIDS preventive services and treatment, an outlook highlighted in the revised Constitution 2013, she added.
The Vice President asked Sidibe to encourage international organisations to continue assist Viet Nam in eliminating the pandemic by 2030 with priority given to preventive intervention measures, anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs and Methadone treatment.
Sidibe congratulated Viet Nam on its achievements in the fight. He said Viet Nam would play an active role at the UN General Assembly to ensure that HIV/AIDS pandemic remained one of the sustainable development goals after 2015. — VNS