June 8 - The U.N. AIDS conference calls for collective measures to stop the spread of the disease by 2015. Jane Ross reports.
AIDS activists march through the streets of New York demanding that world leaders strengthen efforts to treat and prevent the deadly disease. The march coincided with the opening of the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York. World leaders at the conference said there had been significant progress in the fight against the global epidemic, and called for collective measures to stop the spread of the disease by 2015. For Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the fight against AIDS is a question of money. SOUNDBITE: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, saying (English): "Adequate funding is critical to the success of our HIV and AIDS response. It's an understatement. Many countries including mine can neither achieve targets we set for ourselves ten years ago, nor the MDGs without the support of our development partners. While appreciating the assistance, I would like to seize this opportunity to urge them to make every effort to redeem their promises in view of the proximity of 2015." Since the AIDS pandemic started in the early 1980s, more than 60 million people have been infected with HIV and nearly 30 million have died of HIV-related causes. But UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon brought a message of hope. SOUNDBITE: UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, saying (English): "We can stop AIDS. We can end the fear. We can stop the suffering and death it brings. We can get to an AIDS-free world." The three-day conference on AIDS will conclude on June 10, with the intention of adopting a resolution that will end the fight against HIV/AIDS. Jane Ross, Reuters.