The statistical reports as shown by the Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS
(UNAIDS) indicate that despite efforts to combat the epidemic, the number of new infections
continues to rise daily. This paper reflects on resolutions taken during the XIV International
HlV/AlDS Conference in an attempt to link them with the role that the African continent may
play in the fight against HIV/AIDS, The principles of'ubuntu', such as sharing of opportunities,
responsibilities and challenges, participatory decision making and leadership, and reconciliation
as a goal of conflict management, are used as the point of departure in assessing a range of key
issues debated in the Conference.
This article was written by Fhumulani Mavis Mulaudzi before she joined the University of Pretoria.