World leaders urged to end HIV and AIDS

 

bird with AIDS ribbon on its beak

bird with aids ribbon on its beak

World leaders have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all.

Mr. Ban made the call as world leaders gathered in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York to discuss global efforts to combat the epidemic.

The Secretary-General said a lot has been accomplished in combating HIV and AIDS, including the drop in AIDS-related deaths by 20 per cent and the provision of treatment to more than six million people globally.

He issued this challenge.

"Today we gather to end AIDS. That is our goal: an end to AIDS within a decade- zero new infections, zero stigma and zero-AIDS related deaths. But if  we are to relegate AIDS to the history books, we must be bold. That means facing sensitive issues, including men who have sex with men, drug users and the sex trade."

Mr. Ban said the meeting in New York is a call to action and if appropriate steps are taken, AIDS can be stopped.

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