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Posted on 06/03/2005 12:45:29 AM PDT by Pro-Bush
UN calls for action to halt Aids
Aids is spreading faster than ever, outstripping efforts to contain it, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said.
"Last year saw more new infections and Aids-related deaths than ever before," Mr Annan told a conference in New York.
Only 12% of people with Aids in underdeveloped countries are getting anti-retroviral drugs, he added.
In 2001, the UN set a target date of 2015 to halt the spread of the disease but Mr Annan said better leadership and funding was needed to reach that goal.
"The fight against Aids may be the great challenge of our age and our generation," Mr Annan told delegates.
"Only if we meet this challenge can we succeed in our efforts to build a humane, healthy and equitable world.
"Let us ensure we are equal to that task."
The one-day meeting - set up to assess progress on the UN's targets - was attended by delegates from 120 countries.
Mr Annan praised Brazil for having the most successful Aids programme in the world.
Instead of setting targets, this time leaders must decide how to achieve them Kofi Annan Most computers will open PDF documents automatically, but you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Cambodia and Thailand have implemented prevention programmes and shown substantial progress, he said. But many more countries still need to develop action plans.
"We are still moving into a globalisation of the Aids epidemic - think of eastern Europe, central America, Asia and maybe tomorrow, the Middle East as well," said the director of Unaids, Peter Piot.
He urged world leaders to give Aids the same attention they devote to global security.
In a report published to coincide with the conference, Mr Annan warns that targets, such as cutting HIV infections in young people by 25% by 2005, will not be achieved.
However, his report says funding for Aids work in developing countries has increased from $2bn in 2001 to about $8bn in 2005, although this still falls short of the resources the UN believes are needed to properly tackle the epidemic.
The number of women accessing services to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission has increased by 70%, and the number of young people who have received Aids education has doubled, the report says.
It warns that, at the end of 2004, only 12% of the six million people who need HIV treatment worldwide had access to it and only one in five people across the world has access to prevention services.
Services aimed at preventing HIV infections have only reached a small proportion of people in high-risk groups such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and street children and intravenous drug users.
World leaders are due to meet at the UN in September to discuss the 2015 target, one of eight UN Millennium Development Goals which all member countries signed up to.
"The task this year will be much tougher than in 2000 when the declaration was adopted," Mr Annan said.
"Instead of setting targets, this time leaders must decide how to achieve them." Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/4605413.stm
Published: 2005/06/03 02:54:59 GMT
What is Kofi going on about PDFs for anyway.?
Hey Kofi, when you get a promise from people to quit committing unsafe acts and you close down the bath-houses, I'll consider you to be a tad bit serious. Until then, pound sand.
Ever notice how many excellent reasons there are for the U.S. to donate tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars to the international community?
Disestablish the UN. Funds that go to it to fight AIDS will end up in Kofi's pocket.
Do they not realize that we bust our balls 40, 50+ hours a week so that we can pay rent and buy clothes for our kids? Not designer clothes, just nice plain clothes.
They f---ing think we're all yuppies at the country club... because that's who they are - idle rich liberals.
Yep, he's in a long line of such nincompoops.
I hear ya. If we had any idea how much our fearless leaders give away...
Same old nonsense from the UN.
Their defination of 'AIDS' is based on nothing more than the insane Bengui Defination which fits EVERY epidemic disease in the Third World.
If 'AIDS' really was such a problem, ask yourself these questions.
Why is the population growth in most 'AIDS' epicenter
countries three or four times that of America?
Why is the mortality rate from non natural causes in South Africa EXACTLY (2.2% PA) the same as before 'AIDS' (1982)?
Could every other disease in Africa have vanished overnight only to be replaced by 'AIDS'.?
Why does the WHO itself say only 3% of child mortalities in the Third World are from 'AIDS'?
These 'AID$' scare stories fall apart if you take the time to research the real statistics.
It would be nice to see a UN Call to halt the UN.
Well said. They are so full of it.
How much would it cost to place a tatoo image of the international symbol for "EXIT ONLY - DO NOT ENTER" on the butt of every newborn?
"They are calling for more of your money. "
That sums it up (no pun intended) in eight words.
What more can one say?
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