World leaders commit to combat HIV and AIDS

General Assembly Hall

General Assembly Hall

World leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York have committed themselves to intensify their efforts to end HIV and AIDS.

For three days more than 3,000 participants, including 30 heads of state and government world leaders have been discussing efforts to prevent and stop the spread of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

CUT: (French with English translation)

May I take it that the Assembly wishes to adopt draft resolution A/65/L 77). It is so decided. (APPLAUSE)

Joseph Deiss, the President of the General Assembly as world leaders adopted a political declaration on HIV and AIDS.

United Nations member states have committed to a set of targets including cutting by half, the sexual transmission of HIV by 2015.

They also aim to reduce HIV infections among people who inject drugs by 50 per cent by the same deadline and to ensure that no children will be born with HIV.

The leaders also pledged to increase universal access to anti-retroviral therapy getting 15 million people on to life-saving treatment.

They also want to reduce TB deaths in people living with HIV by 50 per cent by the same deadline.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’03″

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