Thursday, June 9, 2011

The UN summit against AIDS

The UN is organizing from Wednesday, June 8 a summit to make the commitments of the international community against AIDS, a disease that still infects 7,000 people a day despite progress in poor countries. On the eve of this international meeting, the Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for the maintenance of international action against the pandemic, wealthier countries seeking to reduce their financial contribution.

The summit is expected to review progress and define future directions, "says the UN, for whom" the gains are real but fragile and did not reach all those in need. " "This is a meeting on AIDS as there is one every ten years," said a Western diplomat. The summit will adopt a political declaration reaffirming the commitments of the international community.

The three-day summit gathers in New York thirty heads of state, heads of government or vice-chairmen, mostly from Africa, as well as ministers of foreign affairs. Are expected including the presidents of Gabon, Nigeria, as well as those of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea, Honduras, Niger and Rwanda.

Worldwide, an estimated ten million people are waiting to HIV treatment. "For every person who begins treatment, two people are infected," says the UN. Participants at the summit "must come to an agreement today to put nine million people on treatment in the next four years," said Monday the organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Accelerated progress will require "global solidarity and partnerships - especially in these times of fiscal austerity," notes the UN in a vertex presentation. Thirty-four million people worldwide were living with HIV / AIDS end of 2010.

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