secretary-general Kofi Annan released a press statement
Monday to mark World AIDS Day on December 1 that reminds
people around the globe that more work needs to be
done to help prevent HIV infections and treat
HIV-positive people but also acknowledges the huge strides
made in fighting the disease.
course of the past decade, the world has made considerable
progress in the fight against AIDS," Annan writes.
"It has also made considerable promises. The
time has come to keep them. And I believe we
Annan says that
governments and organizations around the world are
contributing about $8 billion a year to fight AIDS in poor
nations, up from just $300 million annually a decade
ago. "We see new signs of progress in almost
every region of the world," he writes. "We
have real evidence that AIDS is a problem with a
solution. We have a clear plan of action to halt and
reverse the spread of AIDS."
But Annan says
World AIDS Day is a perfect time to not only reflect on
successes in combating HIV but also focus on the work that
still needs to be done. "This is a time to
concentrate our minds. It is a time to recognize that
although our response so far has succeeded in some of the
particulars, it has yet to match the epidemic in
scale," Annan writes. "It is a time to
admit that if we are to reach the Millennium Development
Goal of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of AIDS
by 2015, then we must do far, far more. That mission
concerns every one of us. On this World AIDS Day, I
ask all of you to join me in that mission."