Greeting From
THE DIRECTOR OF UNAIDS REGIONAL SUPPORT TEAM FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

UNAIDS, as co-sponsor, takes great pleasure in supporting Indonesia’s hosting of the 9th ICAAP scheduled to be held from 9 to 13 August 2009, which comes one year before the end point for the achievement of Universal Access targets in 2010. The Congress will be an opportunity to take note of progress made, identify common challenges, share innovative solutions and renew commitments.

Indonesia, in particular, will have the opportunity to show how much progress can be made when there is political will. Indonesia was one of the first Asian countries to develop a far-sighted national policy in 2006 which decriminalised drug users and provided legal immunity to those seeking methadone treatment or sterile needles at appointed institutions, including those in prisons. Antiretroviral treatment coverage has registered a 21 percent increase from December 2006 to December 2007 and community groups were involved with all aspects of advocacy and service provision.

The 9th ICAAP promises to be even more exciting, inclusive and path-breaking. I wish to take this opportunity to urge the UN family, donors and other stakeholders in the Asia and Pacific region to participate actively in the next ICAAP and to consider sponsoring scholarships, satellites and events. I look forward to meeting you all in Bali.

Mr Prasada Rao

 

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9th ICAAP Secretariat
Menara Eksekutif 8th Floor Jalan MH Thamrin Kav. 9
Jakarta 10330
INDONESIA

Phone: +62 21 39838845/46
Fax: +62 21 39838847
Email: secretariat@icaap9.org