"New hope" for World AIDS Day says UN chief

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Healthcare worker at a clinic in Malawi holding a child who is part of Malawi's AIDS-free generation. His mother was born with HIV 19 years ago. Photo: UNICEF/HIVA2015–00099/Schermbrucker

This year's World AIDS day should be marked with "new hope" according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

In his annual message to mark the day, held annually on December 1, Mr Ban paid tribute to health workers and human rights activists who battle the disease.

Around 37 million people live with HIV around the world.

Matthew Wells has more.

The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at UN headquarters in September, include an ambitious commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Mr Ban said that a new "Fast-Track" approach was needed to, in his words, "close the gap between needs and services".

He said that to prevent the epidemic from rebounding, action was still needed on all fronts, especially when it comes to protecting adolescent girls, young women and children from infection.

HIV-related stigma was still an issue he said, and he pointed to the UN General Assembly's high level meeting next year on AIDS as a "critical chance" to fast-track the end of AIDS.

He described the decades-long fight against AIDS as "one of the most inclusive movements in modern history."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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