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Share Experiences, Take Next Steps Together, Says Secretary-General
in Message for International AIDS Conference
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’svideo message for the nineteenth International Aids Conference in Washington, D.C., on 22 July:
Excellencies, friends and colleagues, I am pleased to convey my warmest greetings to the global AIDS community.
When I joined you in Mexico in 2008, I was inspired by your commitment and energy. You have made a real difference in the lives of millions affected by HIV/AIDS.
One year ago, guided by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and your wisdom, the United Nations General Assembly set ambitious targets for 2015: to cut new infections by half; to expand treatment to 15 million people; to ensure that no child is born with HIV. We can achieve these targets if we refocus, re-energize our mission and invest more resources.
Let us share experiences and take the next steps together. I will support you. I will continue to advocate for universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support. I will continue to press the drug industry for access to affordable life-saving medicine. I will continue to ask nations to respect and protect the rights of all those living with or vulnerable to HIV — and to work with me to fulfil the promise of an AIDS-free generation by 2015.
UNAIDS, led by Michel Sidibé, will continue to mobilize political action. We have a vision: no new HIV infections; no AIDS-related deaths; no stigma and discrimination.
This week you can help to turn the tide. Let us start the end of AIDS — now.
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