7 June 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
6547th Meeting (AM)
Unanimously Adopting 1983 (2011), Security Council Encourages Inclusion of HIV
Prevention, Treatment, Care, Support in Implementing Peacekeeping Mandates
Reaffirming its previous commitment to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council this morning encouraged the incorporation of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in the implementation of peacekeeping mandates.
Resolution 1983 (2011), building on the first Council action on HIV/AIDS, resolution 1308 (2000), was adopted unanimously in a meeting presided by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and addressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé, on the eve of a high-level General Assembly meeting on global progress in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Through today’s text, the Council specified that HIV/AIDS programmes in peacekeeping could include confidential counselling, testing and other activities, in the context of assistance to national institutions, security sector reform and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration processes, with particular attention paid to the needs of vulnerable populations, including women and girls.
Through the resolution, the Council also underlined the need to intensify HIV-prevention activities within United Nations missions, and encouraged continued cooperation among troop-contributing States and other Member States in that regard.
Recognizing that conflict- and post-conflict-related violence and instability could exacerbate the epidemic, including through related sexual violence and large movements of people, the Council sought strengthened efforts to implement “zero tolerance” of sexual exploitation and abuse in the missions.
Secretary-General Ban, welcoming the adoption of the resolution, said that “before resolution 1308 (2000) was adopted, uniformed personnel were viewed in terms of the risk they might pose to civilians. Now we understand that United Nations troops and police are part of prevention, treatment and care.” Programmes in security sector reform and demobilization, disarmament and reintegration were critical context for such efforts.
Given the atrocious fact that rape was still a weapon of choice in many conflicts, he urged all Member States to link efforts to combat HIV/AIDS with campaigns against sexual violence and for the rights of women, recognizing the dangerous interaction between AIDS, the international drug trade, sex trafficking, the abuse of women and post-conflict peacebuilding challenges.
Introducing the draft, President Bongo Ondimba said that today’s text went further than the 2000 resolution by encouraging measures to protect civilians from sexual violence and laying the groundwork for a more comprehensive and coordinated international approach.
“The risk HIV poses to peace and security is far more nuanced than we thought in 2000,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), after the adoption, stressing that the nature of conflict, and the epidemic itself, had evolved.
He added that fresh political commitments around the new resolution would enable the United Nations to effectively contribute to the efforts of Member States to address the impact of AIDS on peace and security. In doing so, Member States also would be encouraged to strengthen their response to AIDS in national strategic plans and to put in place appropriate strategies and polices to tackle the threats posed by the disease.
Also taking the floor after the adoption, Council members welcomed the Council’s continued involvement...