UNESCO, Global Business Coalition Reach Agreement To Increase Private Sector Participation in HIV/AIDS Fight
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate on programs aimed at "increasing action by the private sector" to fight HIV/AIDS, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 1/16). The agreement, which will be in effect from 2006 to 2010, aims to persuade corporate leaders to: create public-private partnerships between GBC member companies and UNESCO partners, integrate HIV/AIDS prevention into development plans, adapt prevention plans to the diversity of needs and encourage "responsible behavior," according to a UNESCO release. "UNESCO's leadership role as a resource for prevention education partnered with GBC's work with leading global enterprises on addressing the social and economic conditions that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS will promote more effective action from companies and contribute to the integration of HIV/AIDS prevention education into the global agenda," GBC President Richard Holbrooke said (UNESCO release, 1/16). Speaking at a ceremony in Paris, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura said, "The world of work is an essential element in any action -- whether it concern[s] prevention, skills acquisition or behavior change (Xinhuanet, 1/16).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.