General Assembly President [Joseph] Deiss,
Distinguished heads of State and government,
Eminent representatives of civil society and the private sector,
Thirty years ago, AIDS was terrifying, deadly and spreading fast.
Today, we have a chance to end this epidemic once and for all.
The story of how we got here was written by many of you. The governments, the medical community, the private sector and, above all, the activists who struggled against AIDS in their lives and around the world.