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Annan Meets with Special Regional Envoys in the War on AIDS
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New York, Jan 16 2004 4:00PM

Seeking to draw up a global balance sheet of the United Nations
battle against HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today held
his first annual consultations with his special envoys dealing
with pandemic on a regional basis as well as with Peter Piot,
Executive Director of the joint UN programme on the disease
http://www.unaids.org/en/default.asp (UNAIDS).

Mr. Annan saw the meeting as an opportunity for the four envoys
- who deal with AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern
Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa - to assess the situa-
tion in their respective regions, including the performance of
the UN and the http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/ Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a UN spokesman said.

The Secretary-General told the envoys at the closed-door meeting
that AIDS is a priority issue for the UN system, and for him
personally, and stressed the envoys' value in reaching out to
countries as they respond to the AIDS epidemic.

The meeting came a day after Mr. Annan hosted a summit of execu-
tives from the worldwide media at UN Headquarters in New York,
where the media leaders made major commitments towards expanding
public knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS.

The envoys at today's meetings were George Alleyne for Latin
America and the Caribbean; Lars Kellings for Eastern Europe;
Stephen Lewis for Africa; and Nafis Sadik for Asia and the Pa-
cific.

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