July 20, 2001
The recommendations urged:
"This Council has worked diligently to provide its best advice on how to ensure continued leadership on the most urgent crisis facing the human family: HIV/AIDS," said Ronald Dellums, Chairperson of the Council and former Member of Congress. "Our original report and these new recommendations provide a blueprint for action to the new Administration," he continued.
The recommendations were presented to a representative of Secretary Thompson at the conclusion of the final meeting of the Council's current membership. Former President Clinton chartered the Council in 1995. The Council has asked that a written response be made within thirty days. The Council shared its disappointment that the Secretary was unable to attend the meeting as scheduled. It received an apology and an assurance that the Secretary would maintain an "open door" policy with those working on and living with HIV/AIDS.
Scott Evertz, the new director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, met with the Council briefly and expressed the Administration's commitment to continue some form of citizen participation in its formulation of HIV/AIDS policies. He also announced that a newly formed Cabinet-level task force would be meeting this afternoon, chaired by Secretary Thompson and Secretary of State Colin Powell.