Elton John World News: An AIDS 2012 Update

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Monday 23 July 2012 @ 15:52 - GMT

Yesterday Elton and the executive director of UNAids, Michel Sidibé, joined forces on the first day of the world's largest AIDS assembly, saying: "We mark the rapidly approaching reality of a world with zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero discrimination due to stigma. In short, an AIDS-free generation."

Over 20,000 people, including Bill Gates and Whoopi Goldberg, are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for the 19th International AIDS Conference, to discuss new ways of fighting what has been one of the world's deadliest epidemics for more than three decades.

The entertainer and Mr Sidibé believe there is good reason to be hopeful. More than eight million people worldwide now have access to HIV treatment more than 50 per cent of those who need it and over the past decade, new infections among young people have dropped by 20 per cent. While "serious challenges remain in the AIDS response", the pair added: "Through daily acts of creativity, compassion and courage, we can begin to end the epidemic."

This afternoon, Elton is to give the keynote address, Can Public-Private Partnerships Help Those who Think Globally, Act Locally?

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