As an active player in global efforts to address HIV/AIDS, Canada is pleased to support the 20th International AIDS Conference.
This year's theme Stepping Up the Pace recognizes that while there has been progress in research, treatment and reducing infection rates overall, many regions in the world are still experiencing challenges with increasing infection rates, securing sustainable funding, and implementing interventions.
That's why we need to build on the gains that have been made to revitalize efforts to secure investments, collaborate on research, and support innovative and effective approaches to use in areas facing the greatest challenges to change the course of the epidemic.
With Aboriginal-focused sessions and opportunities to exchange ideas with international leaders in the HIV and AIDS community, including scientists, policy makers, advocates, front-line workers, and people living with HIV or AIDS, Canada looks forward to participating in the 2014 Conference and helping to bring an end to this epidemic.
Canada's Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, will represent the Government of Canada at the conference and will be joined by representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
The Government of Canada remains committed to a comprehensive, long-term approach in the global response to HIV and AIDS through