Local governments announce proclamation in fight against AIDS|
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The City of Toronto, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leader on HIV/AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL), and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today released a proclamation calling on municipalities across the globe to join with AMICAALL and other local government associations to take up the HIV and AIDS challenge through joint leadership, advocacy, collaboration and the marshalling of resources.
Toronto Mayor David Miller and Councillor Gloria Kovach, President of FCM, were joined by Mayor Salim Kisauji from Tanga, Tanzania and Mayor Zenabou Drabo from Bogodogo, Burkina Faso.
The proclamation also calls on “national authorities and the international community” to recognize and support local governments in responding to HIV and AIDS through more sustained investment at the local level. The proclamation goes on to say, “Local government is the order of government closest to people and therefore plays an increasingly pivotal role in the response to HIV and AIDS.”
Toronto is host to the XVI International AIDS Conference. The City of Toronto is a world leader in the treatment, prevention and fight against AIDS, and is proud to be the 2006 host of this important conference of more than 25,000 delegates and 3,500 media.
The Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa is a growing network of local government authorities, mayors and municipal leaders committed to supporting sustainable solutions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the local level.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal government in Canada. FCM’s International Centre for Municipal Development (ICMD) represents FCM internationally. Since 1987, ICMD has involved more than 200 Canadian municipalities and 1,500 municipal experts in municipal development programming with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency. ICMD has supported initiatives to strengthen local governments and municipal capacity-building in some 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
See proclamation below.
Office of the Mayor
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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City of Toronto, AMICAALL and FCM Proclamation on HIV/AIDS
August 15, 2006
We, the City of Toronto, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), recognize that:
i. The HIV epidemic continues to pose an exceptional challenge to all humanity and that HIV rates are generally higher in urban areas where most of the world’s population will be living in 2015;
ii. Local government is the order of government closest to people and therefore plays an increasingly pivotal role in the response to HIV and AIDS;
iii. Local authorities around the world have used innovative approaches to combat the effects of HIV and AIDS, often without sufficient resources;
We believe a decentralized response involving local government, civil society and the entire world community is essential to effectively address the challenges of HIV and AIDS;
We realise there is a growing number of national and international organizations associated with local governments who are working together to confront the challenges of the HIV pandemic, in partnership with national authorities, the community, the private sector and many other stakeholders;
We urge national authorities and the international community to recognize and support local governments in responding to HIV and AIDS through more sustained investment at the local level;
In taking up this challenge, we encourage local government and civil society to protect and promote the human rights of women, children and people living with HIV and AIDS, while addressing the underlying issues of stigma and discrimination; and
We call on all municipalities across the globe to join with AMICAALL and other local government associations to take up the HIV and AIDS challenge through joint leadership, advocacy, collaboration and the marshalling of resources.