Leaders, policymakers recognize World AIDS Day

Published on December 4, 2012 at 4:47 AM · No Comments

On Saturday, December 1, "United Nations officials [marked] World AIDS Day with a call for building on recent successes and pressing ahead to get to zero -- zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths -- by 2015," the U.N. News Centre reports. "'On this World AIDS Day, let us commit to build on and amplify the encouraging successes of recent years to consign HIV/AIDS to the pages of history,' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [.pdf] in his message for the day," the news service writes, noting UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said, "We have moved from despair to hope. Far fewer people are dying from AIDS." The news service also includes quotes from Irina Bokova, director-general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; and U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (11/30).

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