Zambia, Swiss envoys appointed facilitators of UN meeting on HIV/AIDS

Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota Zambian permanent rep to the UN

United Nations General Assembly President His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft has appointed Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the UN and her Swiss counterpart as co-facilitators of consultations leading to the convening of a High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS.

In his letter to all Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the UN dated 5 November 2015, Mr. Lykketoft expressed his confidence in the two Ambassadors to carry out the responsibility assigned to them.

“I refer to decision 68/555 entitled ‘Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS’ to convene a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS in 2016, preferably in the second half of the year, and to undertake the necessary consultations to determine the modalities and organizational arrangements for such a meeting during the seventieth session of the General Assembly, but no later than December, 2015’,” Mr. Lykketoft stated. “In this regard, I have the honour to inform you that I have decided to appoint His Excellency Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland and Her Excellency Dr. Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia as co-facilitators to lead open, inclusive and transparent consultations on all issues related to the preparations for this high-level meeting.”

The General Assembly President thanked Ambassadors Dr. Kasese-Bota and Mr. Lauber for accepting the responsibility.

“I trust you [Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers] will extend your full cooperation and support to them,” Mr. Lykketoft stated.