Announced at an event held during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Beckham’s new role as Ambassador will see her working towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.
“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Beckham. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”
Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, added: “I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to achieve this shared goal. Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the aids epidemic.”
The appointment follows her visits to HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this year where she learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left behind in accessing treatment.