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Monday, 16 July 2018
The World AIDS Day must be an occasion to remind us all of the need to reinforce our commitment to confront HIV/AIDS in Europe and throughout the world, when the pandemic continues to spread and the number of people currently living with HIV/AIDS gets close to 40 million.Girls and women carry a heavier burden and are affected more often and at an earlier age by HIV/AIDS than men. The situation is particularly critical in Sub-Saharan Africa, where higher rates of poverty among women, the lack of education leading to lower literacy rates, lack of access to effective prevention tools, the pervasive effects of gender inequality, and sexual violence inside and outside marriage make women more susceptible to infection. Moreover, the number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS grows day by day to beyond the 15 million already affected.

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HIV/AIDS: risk to young Europeans increasing says Markos Kyprianou
The new generation of Europeans face an unprecedented risk of catching HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. Mr. Kyprianou is due to make a statement to the European Parliament tomorrow to mark World AIDS Day. Speaking on the eve of World AIDS Day, Mr. Kyprianou said, “Teenagers and people in their early twenties, are too young to remember the safe sex campaigns of the 1980s and early 1990s. With HIV infection rates rising across our continent, urgent action is needed to avert a public health disaster”. The number of newly reported HIV cases in the EU has nearly doubled since 1996, with the most drastic increase observed in the Baltic States. The situation in neighbouring countries is equally grave. In Russia, there are almost one million people infected with HIV, 80% of which are in people under thirty. In September this year health ministers from across the EU and its neighbours met in Vilnius, Lithuania, and endorsed a strategy proposed by the Commission for fighting the AIDS epidemic in Europe
Call for enhanced WTO transparency through parliamentary involvement
The Brussels Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO concluded with the adoption of a declaration urging "governments and parliaments to engage in a regular dialogue so that the latter can effectively exercise parliamentary oversight of the international trade negotiations and their follow-up." Welcoming the July 2004 WTO General Council decision on the Doha Work Programme, the parliamentarians from 80 countries and the EP say "this raised hopes that the impasse of the Ministerial Conference in Cancun has finally been overcome, with a consensual roadmap now in place for moving the multilateral trade negotiations forward." They also emphasise the substantial contributions that parliamentarians can make to the WTO negotiations and call upon the respective governments to include MPs in their official delegations at the Sixth WTO Conference, in Hong Kong in December 2005 - and to include in the final Ministerial declaration the following text: "Transparency of the WTO should be enhanced by associating parliaments closely with the activities of the WTO". (The full text of the declaration is available from the EP Press Service - contacts below.)

Wednesday, 01 December 2004
World AIDS day 2004
01 December 2004

The theme for the World AIDS Day 2004 focuses on women, girls, and HIV and AIDS – this is also the theme for the World AIDS Campaign this year coordinated by UNAIDS.

The first World AIDS Day was declared in 1 December 1988 by the World Health Organisation. Since that it has been one of the world’s most successful commemorative days and is now celebrated around the world. During this day the progress made in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic is celebrated and at the same time the challenges ahead can be brought into the focus.
According the recent epidemiological estimates from UNAIDS almost 40 million people are living with HIV and almost half of them are women.

Estimated five million new infections occurred in 2004. Within the EU the number of newly reported HIV infections has increased by almost 75 % from 1996 to 2003 according to data from EuroHIV network. According UNAIDS estimates, more than half a million people are living with HIV within the EU. In the neighbouring countries the number of people living with HIV is increasing steeply, in particular in Ukraine. The Russian Federation has the largest epidemic in Europe with estimated 860 000 people living with HIV.

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ South Africa – European Union Joint Co-operation Council Meeting - Brussels, 23 November 2004 :