Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Daniele D. Bodin, Permanent Representative
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
DANIELE D. BODINI ( San Marino) said that 30 years ago when a new killer virus unleashed an unexpected incurable devastating plague, the world was at a loss. Indeed, over the last three decades, 27 million people had died and, today, approximately 36 million people were HIV-positive, amounting to .5 per cent of the world’s population. Echoing the words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was time to end new infections and AIDS-related deaths and to wipe out the stigma accompanying the disease. Towards that end, he called for new effective prevention strategies, as well as reductions in the cost of available medicines. The delivery of treatments must also be improved. It was also time to motivate through financial incentives. The pharmaceutical industry and the scientific community should multiply their efforts to find more effective medicines and, above all, a working vaccine. He stressed that the United Nations was the appropriate forum to embrace the collective efforts of Governments, civil society and the scientific community to put an end to AIDS, underlining the moral obligation to ensure a safer life for the current generation’s children and grandchildren.