Viet Nam celebrates Zero Discrimination Day

Zero discriminationViet Nam joins the rest of the world in celebrating Zero Discrimination Day for the first time on 1 March 2014. The day is an opportunity for people everywhere to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.

Working with Nobel Peace Prize Winner and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, UNAIDS launched the #zerodiscrimination campaign in December 2013, on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

Ending discrimination of all kinds is a key component of UNAIDS’ vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Yet today, too many people around the world continue to face unequal treatment because of their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, disability, gender or age. The symbol for Zero Discrimination is the butterfly, widely recognized as a sign of transformation.

UN and donors continue support to Viet Nam in responding to HIV

RC and DPMScaling up sustainable, rights-based approaches targeting the people in greatest need is the key to building on Viet Nam’s significant progress against HIV, international partners advocated in a 12 December meeting with senior government officials.

The Ambassadors and Heads of Agency Informal Coordination Group on HIV, led by UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta and Canadian Ambassador David Devine, met with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and senior officials of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control to celebrate another successful year against HIV and to strategize for the future.

UNAIDS launches #zerodiscrimination campaign on World AIDS Day

Zero Discrimination promo flyerOn the occasion of World AIDS Day 2013, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Nobel Peace Prize Winner and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are launching the #zerodiscrimination campaign calling for a global transformation. The initiative will launch the new Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March 2014, adopting the butterfly as the transformative symbol for zero discrimination.

“I believe in a world where everyone can flower and blossom. We can all make a difference by reaching out and letting people lead a life of dignity irrespective of who they are,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. “I invite everyone to Open up, Reach out and end discrimination”


UNAIDS Executive Director's Message on 2013 World AIDS Day


1 December 2013

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS

On this World AIDS Day—as we gather to remember friends and family lost to AIDS—we can also rejoice in incredible hope for the future.

 For the first time we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world. For the first time we can say that we are beginning to control the epidemic and not that the epidemic is controlling us.

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