11/06/2008

ICW Latina Presented the “More Peace Less AIDS” Campaign to the United Nations

Jorge Arguello, the head of the Argentine mission, chaired a meeting this Monday where ambassadors and officials from 10 countries in the region participated.

Jorge Arguello, the head of the Argentine mission, chaired a meeting this Monday where ambassadors and officials from 10 countries in the region participated.

Representatives to the United Nations from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico and Honduras worked together to exchange ideas and formulate a common strategy based on the proposal that was made to them by Patricia Pérez, Arely Cano (ICW Nicaragua) and Ruth Linares (ICW Costa Rica) based on ICW Global’s “More Peace Less AIDS” campaign.

Regional support for the campaign came from all over. Lidieth Carballo, the Deputy Minister of Health for Costa Rica released the statement by Costa Rica’s president Oscar Arias by affirming the country’s support for ICW’s campaign: “We will stand by Patricia Pérez and ICW Latina to ensure the success of this campaign” he said.

Meanwhile, Miguel Fernández Galeano, the Uruguayan Vice-Minister of Health, promised that his country would make the effort to ask the United Nations that 2011 be declared as a “Year of Peace as an Opportunity to Stop AIDS” which would put ICW on an even greater global stage.

At the meeting there was great collaboration in regards to ICW’s initiatives on the part of those who attended. This led Patricia Pérez to state her “hope to help make the leaders of the world understand that peace is and can be a credible opportunity to stop the propagation of AIDS, if people, civil society and governments join forces”. The meeting ended with a commitment to unite and continue together to look forward and work for peace.