Latest activities of group Michel Sidibé is Against Infection, Discrimination and Death2012-07-26T11:36:39Z<p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/s3/cache%2Fe8%2Ffe%2Fe8febb14fa7fe99d3f82d68b0c0715c6.jpg" alt="Michel Sidib&eacute;" width="380" height="507" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">Interview with Michel Sidib&eacute;, Executive Director,&nbsp;United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;">Imagine that your organization didn&rsquo;t exist and you were&nbsp;asked to invent it. What would you do? How would it be fundamentally&nbsp;different from what exists? What would be the&nbsp;differences regarding mandate, resources and objectives?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I would have invented UNAIDS 30 years ago, when a coordinated&nbsp;global response could have prevented the epidemic that&nbsp;has come to define our era. Perhaps we would be out of business&nbsp;by now. The upside is that we are a 21<span>st </span>century UN organization.&nbsp;By which I mean that it is a unique network-based&nbsp;partnership governed by member states, UN organizations as&nbsp;well as civil society. This keeps us fresh and innovative.&nbsp;Our vision &ndash;Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination,&nbsp;Zero AIDS-related deaths&ndash; has inspired and galvanized the&nbsp;global community. We renewed our mission last year with an&nbsp;emphasis on uniting and mobilizing all partners, speaking out&nbsp;in solidarity with those most affected, and empowering agents&nbsp;of change with strategic information. We have become the&nbsp;world&rsquo;s go-to organization for HIV strategy and policy. In other&nbsp;words, I think that we have many of the fundamentals just right.&nbsp;If I were to start from scratch, I would have done two things&nbsp;differently. First, I would have led the UN in the use of modern&nbsp;communication tools &ndash;earlier and more aggressively. Too&nbsp;often the UN is behind the curve of technological innovation.&nbsp;These tools not only generate efficiencies but also connect&nbsp;us to emerging thought and bottom-up learning and change.&nbsp;The Arab Spring has demonstrated the real utility of modern&nbsp;communications and that solely top-down approaches are neither&nbsp;appreciated nor sustainable. Second, I would have put&nbsp;a shelf life on the organization &ndash;to convey both the sense of&nbsp;urgency and &ldquo;feasibility&rdquo; of getting the job done. With upfront&nbsp;investments in the HIV response we can end the HIV epidemic.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To read the full interview, order a copy of the <a rel="nofollow" href="">magazine</a>.</p>