July 22, 2010
Ms. Jan Beagle, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and External Relations Branch, addressed the ceremony on behalf of the Executive Director. Credit: UNAIDS/Anna Rauchenberger.
Ms. Beagle paid tribute to this year's winners and the wider community who play a key role in making a difference.
"The AIDS response counts on community organizations. The Red Ribbon Award is one of the rare opportunities we have for celebrating those exceptional organizations and individuals," said Ms. Beagle.
"The twenty-five organizations we are celebrating tonight are making an essential contribution to reaching our vision: Zero! zero! zero!"
The winners, representing a broad range of community-based organizations from 17 countries, were recognized for their outstanding work in reducing the spread and impact of AIDS. The Red Ribbon Award, named after the vivid symbol of the global response to the epidemic, is a joint effort of the UNAIDS family and is hosted by UNDP.
Chosen for their remarkable efforts in innovation, creativity, impact, sustainability and leadership, each winner receives a cash award and international acknowledgement of their contribution to the strengthening of the AIDS response.
Red Ribbon Awards. Credit: UNAIDS/Anna Rauchenberger.
An exceptional award was also given:
Ms. Elizabeth Matake, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for AIDS in Africa. Credit: UNAIDS/Anna Rauchenberge.
Out of 720 nominations from over 100 countries, the winners were selected by a Technical Review Committee of civil society representatives who are experts in the community response to HIV.
According to Jeffrey O'Malley, "These organizations clearly demonstrate that effective responses to the epidemic require the full participation of front-line, community-based groups. Community groups recognise that AIDS is one of many issues that are tied together. They understand that AIDS requires an exceptional response but they also understand that you need to link AIDS to broader issues of health, development and justice to be effective."