9 March 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

The first AIDS-free nation: New Zealand?

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, has challenged New Zealand to become the first country to wipe out the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS. Moreover, she called upon the country for to increase awareness about safe sex, cautioning that New Zealanders are becoming complacent about the risks of HIV & AIDS. Together with UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, she stressed the point that a continued focus on HIV prevention work is absolutely critical and must not be compromised as a priority.

Helen Clark joins UNAIDS Executive Director Michael Sidibé to discuss the global fight against AIDS.

Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

Professor Janice Reid AC
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.


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