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July 22, 2014

John Kerry warmly congratulates Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo.

U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2014
Statement by John Kerry on the Indonesian Presidential Election
I warmly congratulate Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo.
The people of Indonesia united once again to show their commitment to democracy through free and fair elections.
As the world’s second and third largest democracies, the United States and Indonesia set an example for the world. We share many common values, including respect for human rights and the rule of law. Our two nations have worked hard to build the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, which has strengthened our bilateral relationship so we can jointly address common regional and global challenges.
The United States looks forward to working with President-elect Widodo as we deepen our partnership, promote our shared objectives globally, and expand people-to-people ties between our nations.

Departemen Luar Negeri AS
Kantor Juru Bicara
Untuk Disiarkan Segera
23 Juli 2014
Pernyataan Menlu John Kerry Terkait Pemilihan Presiden Indonesia
Saya menyampaikan ucapan selamat kepada presiden Indonesia terpilih Joko Widodo.
Rakyat Indonesia kembali bersatu memperlihatkan komitmen mereka terhadap proses demokrasi melalui pemilu yang bebas dan adil.
Amerika Serikat dan Indonesia, negara demokrasi terbesar kedua dan ketiga di dunia, telah memberikan contoh kepada dunia. Kita memiliki banyak persamaan nilai, termasuk penghormatan terhadap hak asasi manusia dan penegakan hukum. Kedua bangsa telah bekerja keras untuk membangun Kemitraan Komprehensif AS-Indonesia, yang telah memperkuat hubungan bilateral, sehingga bisa menghadapi tantangan bersama baik dalam tataran regional maupun global.
Amerika Serikat berharap dapat bekerjasama dengan presiden terpilih Joko Widodo untuk meningkatkan kemitraan kita, memajukan cita-cita global kita bersama, serta mengembangkan hubungan antar masyarakat kedua negara.

Statement by John Kerry on the Indonesian Presidential Election

DAY 3 OF AIDS 2014

DECRIMINIALISATION, PREVENTION, HUMAN RIGHTS – DAY 3 OF AIDS 2014

Tuesday July 22, 2014, Melbourne, Australia - Delegates to AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, were told today that decriminalisation of illicit intravenous drug use is a key measure for ending HIV transmission around the world.
One of the key sessions discussed the impact of drug policies on people who inject drugs, the spread of HIV and the co-morbidities of tuberculosis and hepatitis. During this session Global Drug Commissioner, Sir Richard Branson, who joined by video link, said the global war on drugs had failed both in terms of drug and public health outcomes, particularly in relation to HIV and hepatitis C, and that the time has come to replace the criminalisation and punishment of drug users with treatment and health care.
“Drug policy reform should not be seen in isolation” Sir Richard Branson said. “It has the potential to affect change in other areas such as the world’s chronically overcrowded penal system or of reducing the negative impact of policing on some communities.
“Globally, we’re using too much money and far too many precious resources on incarceration when we should be spending this money on education, vocational training, and in the case of drug users, on treatment, proper medical care and re-entry.”
Today’s conference activities (Tuesday 22 July) began with plenary presentations about barriers to effective HIV prevention practice. Issues discussed included strengthening health systems (Olive Shisana of South Africa), overcoming gender inequality (Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet of Namibia), and improving financial investments in HIV responses (Mark Dybul, MD of The Global Fund).
Day two also included two key symposiums: one addressing youth leadership in the global HIV response; and another focussed on how better engagement with the science of HIV can improve access to HIV treatments.
This afternoon featured a symposium on HIV and sex workers based on work commissioned by the leading medical journal The Lancet. Several other panel discussions also took place on a range of subjects such as: improving the wellbeing of people with HIV by promoting safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; the pros and cons of biomedical and scientific advances in HIV prevention technology; and the HIV-related impact of anti-gay laws among men who have sex with men.
This evening, the AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil will take place to remember the 35 million people who have been lost as a result of HIV or AIDS related causes, and to celebrate the triumphs of science, medicine, policy and community in the ?ght against HIV and AIDS. Starting at 6pm at Federation Square, this moving event will take on extra significance as delegates honour the six conference delegates who were killed in the MH17 plane disaster.
The Vigil will follow the AIDS 2014 Conference ‘Mobilisation March’ though Melbourne’s city centre.
The Global Village, the conference’s international showcase of community related HIV programmes and activities , will continue to feature a range events including music and dance performances as well as Q&A sessions on young people and sexual health as well as the practice of HIV prevention in disaster and war zones.
All our videos including a daily wrap up from the Global Village are featured on the conference YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/iasaidsconference
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Further information:
AIDS 2014 Conference Organization
AIDS 2014 is convened by the IAS and permanent partners the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Non-permanent partners are the Positive Women's Network and Sidaction.
The Australian based partners are: the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM); and the National Association of people with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).
The Asia Pacific Partners are: The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW); the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP); and the National AIDS Research of India (NARI).