United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin today issued the following statement on World AIDS Day:
“Today, on World AIDS Day, the global community rallies the world’s attention to recommit to the fight against AIDS and commends the people and organizations that have worked for decades to raise awareness, increase funding, and build programs to save lives from HIV/AIDS around the world. There are currently 34 million people living with HIV globally, and in Africa nearly 1 in every 20 adults is HIV-positive, according to the recently released report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). These figures are high, but illustrate a drastic improvement from just 10 years ago.
Last year, there were 24 percent fewer deaths from HIV/AIDS than in 2005, and new infections plummeted by 50 percent or greater in 25 countries. This progress is tremendous, but our work is far from over. Today, we are proud to support our partners at UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and (RED), who are working daily to achieve the global goal of an AIDS-free generation by 2015.
This strategy is working, and we know we have the tools necessary to prevent the disease; we need to continue to work together to reach this goal. This World AIDS Day, join us at the UN Foundation to take action against HIV/AIDS.”
Ways You Can Take Action on World AIDS Day
Make a Donation:
Donate to INSPI(RED) BY (RED) to support the Global Fund’s HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Donations made possible by the UN Foundation.
Tweet the following:
On World AIDS Day, tell the world: an AIDS-Free Generation is due in 2015. #endofAIDS @unfounation @UNAIDS @joinred http://bit.ly/Ub0dy4
Update Your Facebook Status:
Today is World AIDS Day! Help us spread the word that an AIDS Free Generation is due in 2015. No child should be born with HIV http://bit.ly/Ub0dy4
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