A long-standing champion of a people-centred approach to health and development and a strong advocate for social justice, Michel Sidibé became the second Executive Director of UNAIDS on 1 January 2009.
Mr Sidibé’s vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths has helped drive progress towards ending AIDS. The goal of having 15 million people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy by the end of 2015 was achieved nine months ahead of schedule. Access to these life-saving medicines has continued to expand, with 22 million people now on treatment. Under his leadership of UNAIDS, more and more countries have adopted a Fast-Track approach to set the world on course to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
Mr Sidibé’s leadership in calling for the elimination of new HIV infections among children has contributed to a 60% reduction since 2009 in new paediatric HIV infections in 21 priority countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. His idea of shared responsibility and global solidarity has been embraced by the international community. Under his leadership, UNAIDS works to ensure that no one is left behind in the response to HIV.