27.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, 1 December 2012

AIDS remains one of the world’s most grave health challenges, tragically affecting families and weakening communities and societies. We must not relent in our efforts to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

On this World AIDS Day, we can be encouraged that our efforts are producing results. We must build on these to bring the disease under control, by scaling up HIV programmes and making the most of powerful new tools to prevent people from becoming infected and from dying from AIDS-related causes.

Complete message (pdf)




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