Inaugural Meeting, October 2017
The Global HIV Prevention Coalition was launched in October 2017 by the Executive Directors of UNAIDS and UNFPA, Michel Sidibé and Natalia Kanem. The inaugural meeting, which took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10 and 11 October 2017, brought together more than 150 participants from more than 40 countries and organizations. Twelve ministers of health participated, while other coalition countries were represented by directors from ministries of health and managers of national AIDS programmes. Civil society organizations from all coalition countries also participated. The meeting succeeded in renewing enthusiasm and momentum for scaling up HIV prevention progress at the country level. Participants adopted the Global Prevention 2020 Road Map, including commitments by coalition countries to developing 100-day action plans for the implementation of the 10-point plan for accelerating HIV prevention at the country level.
Alvaro Bermejo, now Incoming-Director General of IPPF, and Professor Sheila Tlou, former Minister of Health in Botswana and Regional Director of UNAIDS in Eastern and southern Africa were nominated coalition co-chairs.