Zambia has been appointed to facilitate the High level Meeting on HIV/AIDS to be held next year in June in New York.
UNAIDS deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures disclosed the development when he met the Vice President Inonge Wina in Harare , Zimbabwe.
He said Zambia was chosen because Africa bears the impact of the pandemic and that the best practices in the fight against of the disease are on the continent.
Dr. Loures said his organization is confident that Zambia will help the organisation and other partners set new programmes in the fight against the pandemic.
He further said UNAIDS was happy that Zambia was being represented at the 18th international conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa at a higher level.
He urged the Vice President to use her influence to continue pushing the battle forward against the pandemic at a higher level.
And Ms. Wina said the Zambian government was happy that it has been given an opportunity to facilitate the high level meeting.
She said government was taking the fight against HIV/AIDS seriously due to the devastating effect the disease has on the economy.
She stated that government was taking the issues of women empowerment seriously as they are key in the fight against the pandemic.
She said Government realized that they were gaps during the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, and that it will come up with new strategies in line the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve greater results in the fight against the disease.
The Vice President Arrives this morning in Harare to attend the 18th ICASA Where she will give a key note speech at a special session of the African Parliamentary and Leadership Colloquium under the theme “African Union sustaining visionary leadership towards ending AIDS in Africa by 2030.