Vienna, 18 November 2013 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) puts a focus on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Austrian Development Cooperation has a particularly strong commitment to supporting UNDP projects in the fight against this global disease.
Austria is now contributing about half a million euros to the UNDP project 'HIV, gender equality and sexual as well as reproductive health and rights of women'. The project deals with the discrimination of women in various legal systems and the connection between sexual violence against women, HIV and alcohol abuse, among others in the Austrian Development Cooperation priority countries of Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Serbia and Uganda for the period 2013 to 2015. "The focus will be on women and girls who are already HIV infected. Special attention will also be paid to the role of men and boys who should support the sexual rights and reproductive health of women", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said.
Even though the Millennium Development Goal specified on an international level in 2000 will be impossible to reach, namely to bring down the maternal mortality rate by three fourths between 1990 and 2015, the improvement of healthcare for women and general access to reproductive health must be kept a priority for the future. The international community is already working on a post-2015 Development Agenda which is also to take account of issues that are important to Austria, such as peace and security, democratic governance, rule of law, gender equality and human rights", Spindelegger concluded.
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