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Zambia’s envoy gets more tasks

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
UNITED Nations (UN) General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft has appointed Zambia’s permanent representative to the UN and her Swiss counterpart as co-facilitators of consultations leading to the convening of a high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS.
Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota of Zambia will work with Jürg Lauber of Switzerland as the co-facilitators.
Mr Lykketoft expressed confidence in the two ambassadors to carry out the responsibility assigned to them.
“I refer to a decision entitled ‘Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV and AIDS’ to convene a high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2016, preferably in the second half of the year,” Mr Lykketoft said.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press and public relations at Zambia’s permanent mission to the UN in New York, United States, Chibaula Silwamba.
He urged the facilitators to undertake the necessary consultations to determine the modalities and organisational arrangements for such a meeting during the 70th session of the General Assembly, but no later than December this year.
Mr Lykketoft said Dr Kasese-Bota and Jürg Lauber should lead an open, inclusive and transparent consultation on all issues related to the preparations for the high-level meeting.
The general assembly president thanked Dr Kasese-Bota and Mr Lauber for accepting the responsibility.
“I trust you, permanent representatives and permanent observers, will extend your full co-operation and support to them,” Mr Lykketoft stated in the letter.


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