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13.03.2007

EU-Conference agrees on Bremen Declaration

At the end of the EU Conference "Responsibility and Partnership – Together Against HIV/AIDS" in Bremen, the representatives of EU Member States, neighbouring countries and international partners agreed on a joint declaration in their fight against HIV/AIDS ("Bremen Declaration").

The EU Conference "Responsibility and Partnership – Together Against HIV/AIDS" took place in Bremen under the German Council Presidency from 12 to 13 March 2007, upon invitation from the German Federal Minister of Health, Mrs. Ulla Schmidt.

In this Declaration, the participants commit to assume political leadership at national, European and international level to roll back the pandemic. The principal focus is the universal access to prevention, in particular also for unborn children and for young people within the scope of sexual education.

Moreover, the declaration obliges the participants, to include partner organizations such as civil organizations, WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM),  the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the civil society in their fight against HIV/AIDS. They also strive for an improved cooperation to ensure access to affordable medication. Discrimination against infected persons and vulnerable groups shall be legally prohibited, if necessary.

The European Commission is asked to implement the Action Plan already adopted and to set up a Clearing House for models of good practice.

In this Declaration the participants reaffirm their intention to implement a number of previous declarations by the United Nations and from the previous conferences in Dublin and Vilnius.

You may find the "Bremen Declaration" and further information at www.eu2007.de and at www.eu2007-bmg.de.

You may also download the "Bremen Declaration" here.



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Date: 14.03.2007