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Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 13, Health, food and nutrition
In 2001, the United Nations continued to promote human health, coordinate food aid and food security and support research in nutrition. At the end of the year, some 40 million people were living with HIV/AIDS, about one third of whom were between the ages of 15 and 24. During the year, approximately 5 million people became infected, 800,000 of them children. The General Assembly's special session on HIV/AIDS (New York, 25-27 June) was seen as the first step in the realization of the commitments contained in the Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, in which the world's leaders resolved to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDSby2015. The Declaration of Commitment, adopted at the special session, represented a watershed in the history of the epidemic, establishing, for the first time,time-bound targets on prevention, care,support and treatment, impact alleviation, and children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/ AIDS. In September, the Assembly proclaimed the period 2001-2010 the Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa. In July, the Economic and Social Council called for support to the Organization of African Unity plan of action to achieve the goal of the Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign initiative. Regarding tobacco control, work progressed on the drafting of a framework convention on tobacco control and related protocols. The World Food Programme—a joint undertaking of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)—provided food aid to 77 million people, supplying a record level of 4.2 million tons of such aid. FAO continued to implement the plan of action adopted at the 1996 World Food Summit and the FAO Council approved a proposal to convene, in June 2002, a review of the 1996 Summit.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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