LSE Health Professor Tony Barnett who specialises in the social sciences of infectious diseases has just contributed to several publications forming the background to upcoming events at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday 7 June.
At the 7th June meeting of the UNSC, Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general of the UN and Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS will speak about progress made in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1308 and the need for reinvigorated efforts to ensure that AIDS does not contribute to global and regional conflict and instability.
The progress report "On The Front Line", about how the UN deals with AIDS among international peacekeepers and other uniformed services, has been prepared with Professor Barnett's inputs as a background document for the UNSC . The secretary general of the UN and executive director of UNAIDS are expected to highlight the importance of addressing sexual violence in conflict integral to all efforts to prevent HIV
Professor Barnett said: "In 2005, together with Professor Gwyn Prins, I prepared a report for UNAIDS entitled 'HIV/AIDS and Security: fact, fiction and evidence'. This helped the UN system toward understanding the challenges of collecting data about HIV risks to its troops and for populations where these troops are deployed. The new report, 'On the Front Line', takes these issues further by showing how military forces around world are taking account of HIV risk, briefing their soldiers about the risk to themselves and local populations, and above all the unacceptability of sexual violence, and the risk it poses for HIV transmission."
The reports are available online at:
On the Front Line: A review of programmes that address HIV among international peacekeepers and uniformed services 2005–2010 (UNAIDS/UNDPKO, May 2011)
The Responsibility of the Security Council in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: HIV/AIDS and international peacekeeping operations (UNAIDS/UNDPKO, May 2011)
HIV/AIDS Security and Conflict: new realities new responses (AIDS Security and Conflict Initiative, 2010)
Read UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council at www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sgsm13623.doc.htm.
31 May 2011