SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

UNAIDS praises departing ambassador for work on U.S. AIDS response

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS issued praise on Thursday for the work of Ambassador Eric Goosby, the former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and his visionary leadership in the AIDS response.

Goosby was also the head of the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Health Diplomacy. He stepped down from his position on November 1.

"I would like to extend my personal thanks to Ambassador Goosby for helping to ensure that an AIDS-free generation is finally within our reach," Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, said. "This has only been possible because of his progressive and bold leadership combined with his dedication to improving the lives of people living with and affected by HIV around the world."

During a four and a half year term as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Goosby led all international HIV efforts for the U.S. government, including a significant expansion of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan on AIDS Relief. At the request of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Goosby created a blueprint to chart the course for how the U.S. could work with partners to scale-up smart investments in the fight against AIDS.

UNAIDS congratulated Goosby for his passionate humanitarianism and expressed gratitude for his outstanding work that positioned PEPFAR to make even more progress toward an AIDS-free generation.