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Thursday, 01 December 2011

On World AIDS Day, the EU joins hands with victims

The EU and its Member States on World AIDS Day 2011 (1 December), expressed their sympathy with people across the world in memory of the relatives, friends and beloved ones who have lost their lives to AIDS and reaffirms its commitment to support all those who live with HIV and all those who are affected by the epidemic.

Responding to HIV, reads a statement by the Council of Ministers, has taught the EU about the importance of partnership, dialogue and the centrality of human rights and human dignity. Impressive progress has been made, globally, leading to a nearly 20 per cent decline in the number of new HIV infections in the past decade and a nearly 19 per cent decline in the number of AIDS related deaths in the period 2004-2009.

The biggest progress, pursues the statement, has been made in the most affected countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of all people living with HIV. The EU is proud to contribute to these extraordinary achievements made in the global response to HIV and AIDS and to be part of a collective effort of strong partners such as UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund, UNITAID, People Living with HIV and civil society.

Source: Council of Ministers