Thursday, 17 July 2014
International AIDS Conference
That the Senate notes:
(a) That the 20th International AIDS Conference is being held in Melbourne from 20 July to 25 July 2014, and will be attended by about 12 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries representing science, civil society, politics and the private sector;
(b) that this biennial conference is the premier international gathering for those working in the field of HIV, policy makers and people living with HIV;
(c) Australia's resolve to work with governments, the business community and civil society across the region to reach the goals That the international community has set – zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths and zero discrimination;
(d) that while HIV/AIDS in Australia is lower than in many comparable nations, around 5 million people in our region are living with HIV/AIDS;
(e) that Australia has spent A$1billion combatting HIV/AIDS in our region over the past decade and has committed $200 million over 3 years to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and That the Global Fund has already invested around $US6.8billion in the Indo Pacific region delivering HIV treatment to over 700 000 people; and
(f) the Australian Government's release on 7 July 2014 of the 7th National HIV Strategy and its commitment to reverse the increasing trend of new HIV diagnosis and work towards the virtual elimination of HIV transmission by 2020.
Question agreed to.