United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Julia Taraba

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Honorable Chairs, Distinguished Delegates,

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)- a virus which attacks the body’s immune system and destroys T-helper cells and creates CD4 cells by copying itself inside of them. This invisible to the human eye particle is responsible for the global HIV epidemic which has struck our planet in 1920. Since 1959- the first two know deaths resulting from HIV- the number of people infected has drastically risen. Currently, there are almost 37 million people suffering and just in 2017 940 000 people died from AIDS. Despite many treatments being available (such as Antiretroviral Therapy- ART), not all countries provide its citizens with free/refunded access to such medication. 

It is not the first time the United Nations have tackled the complex problem of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Formed in 1994, United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (abbreviation- UNAIDS) has been working ever since as the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV...