Phnom Penh, 8 April 2023 (TDI): Cambodia has expressed its delight at being a member of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Programme Coordinating Board. (UNAIDS).

On April 6 and 7, UNAIDS  assisted its teams in improving project execution by utilizing lessons gained and strategizing to overcome issues in the third and final year of the three-year effort.

“The Kingdom of Cambodia is proud to be elected by the UN Economic and Social Council as a member of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board on April 5 in New York,” Prime Minister, Hun Sen said this morning at the Peace Palace during a weekly plenary cabinet meeting.

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According to the UN Economic and Social Council, Cambodia, and India were elected to fill outstanding vacancies from the Asia-Pacific States for a period commencing on April 5, 2023, and ending on December 31, 2025.

According to UNAIDS, the Programme Coordinating Board directs UNAIDS with representation from 22 nations from all geographic areas, the UNAIDS Cosponsors, and five nonprofit organizations, including HIV/AIDS associations.

Cambodia is honored to be a member of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Programme Board (UNAIDS) because of the significant strides the country has made in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The country has also prioritized the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and other essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Cambodia has achieved nearly universal treatment coverage for HIV-positive persons. It is currently striving to guarantee that the remaining 14% of HIV-positive persons are informed of their condition.

UNAIDS is a key global organization that brings together a range of partners to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and its Programme Board is an important forum for decision-making and strategic direction.

However, the country has since become a recognized leader in the global response to HIV/AIDS, achieving a remarkable decline in the prevalence of the virus over the past two decades.