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World AIDS day 2006

28 November 2006


United Nations Secretary General message on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

In the 25 years since the first case was reported, AIDS has changed the world. It has killed 25 million people, and infected 40 million more. (...) For far too long, the world was in denial. But over the past 10 years, attitudes have changed. The world has started to take the fight against AIDS as seriously as it deserves.

Read the  UN Secretary General's message ( en | esfr | ru  | ar | ch )

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UNAIDS Executive Director, Dr. Peter Piot on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) This is the 19th World AIDS Day, the 25th year since the first case of AIDS was identified and 10 years since UNAIDS was established.
The latest global AIDS figures give us reason for concern and for some hope. The number of new infections rose to 4.3 million this year, at the same time 2.9 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses. Multi-drug and extremely drug resistant tuberculosis highlight new challenges in our collective response (...)

Read the UNAIDS Executive Director's message ( enesfr  | ru )

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The World Food Program, on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

Political leaders are gradually becoming more aware of the need for food and nutritional support in the 'essential package of care' for people affected by HIV. Now it is time to put this into practice. We cannot allow hard-won efforts to provide life-saving treatment for people with HIV to be winnowed away by malnutrition.

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Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UN Under-Secretary-General, UNFPA Executive Director on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) If we are to stop AIDS and keep the promise, we must guarantee universal access to reproductive health as world leaders have agreed. (...)"

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International Labour Organisation (ILO) on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

ILO staff made a human AIDS ribbon in their central hall, the Colonnades, in Geneva for World AIDS Day

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Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) I urge everyone to use the occasion of this year’s World AIDS Day to renew our collective commitment by holding ourselves accountable for the success of UNESCO’s response to HIV and AIDS. (...)


Dr Anders Nordström, Acting Director-General of the World Health Organization , on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) We are now more than 25 years into this epidemic. People living with HIV and their communities urgently need to see tangible results. (...)

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The World Bank, on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) While HIV/AIDS is clearly a health problem, the world has come to realize it is also a development problem that threatens human welfare, socio-economic advances, productivity, social cohesion, and even national security. (...)

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Ahmad_Salman2.jpg  Salman Ahmad , UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) Everybody has a role to play and as an artist and UNAIDS Special Representative I promise that I will make sure that through my music and words I will try to shine a light on the heroic lives of People living with HIV. Music and video can help humanize the face of HIV, as I tried to do in Al-Vida, a music video which is about HIV & AIDS as much as it’s about women’s empowerment in South Asia (...)
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 Ballack.jpg Michael Ballack, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

Promises are important… on the football pitch and in life.
Promises are made to be kept.
I have made a promise to help UNAIDS save lives by educating young people on the facts about AIDS and how to protect themselves.
AIDS is everybody’s business and we all need to care.
I have made my promise and I am keeping it – isn’t it time you made yours?

Dumont.jpg Serge Dumont, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

With close to 20 million deaths since the early days of the epidemic, 40 million people living with HIV, 4.3 million new infections and 2.9 million deaths caused by AIDS in 2006, the world is facing the most severe health crisis in history.

While much progress has been achieved, so much more remains to do!

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Mary Fisher, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

We have known this epidemic for 25 years. In the United States, it was 15 years of dying followed, for most of us, by 10 years of living. But when we look across the globe, it is still, today, mostly 25 years of dying. There is no question that we have the capacity to change that. What's being tested is our collective human will – and how that will is translated into policies, collaborations and cash. For World AIDS Day 2006, my message is an appeal: Let the communities of faith speak out with clear and moral voices, calling for an end to the suffering and death bred by this global pandemic."

Read excerpted from “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” a speech given in the “Global Summit on AIDS on the Church” , Lake Forest, CA.


HRH Mette-Marit of Norway, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

“(….)Those of you who are young today can actually stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Forty million people are infected with HIV/AIDS, which makes it the most serious health-related catastrophe of modern times. Of course, large sums of money and access to medicines are needed, and this is a responsibility for others. But you can do something just as important to make a difference: You can create more openness about HIV/AIDS. Shame and stigmatisation kill too – for instance when people are too afraid to find out whether they have the virus and then unknowingly infect others. (...)

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HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco , UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

Aujourd'hui 1er décembre, beaucoup de personnes réalisent que le Sida est toujours là. Mais c'est chaque jour qu'il faut lutter contre cette pandémie, prévenir mais surtout soutenir ceux déjà en souffrance.

Today on the 1st of December, many people remember that AIDS is still around. But AIDS needs to be remembered everyday and we must fight this pandemic, through prevention but above all support those who are already suffering.

Watts_Naomi2.jpg Naomi Watts, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

Today, on World AIDS Day, the global community once again takes stock of the progress made and the considerable challenges ahead in the global fight against AIDS. As I have seen during my recent travels to Africa, many lifesaving efforts, undertaken by courageous champions, are serving increasing numbers of individuals and families in communities both large and small. But more, so much more, needs to be done.

Let us pledge to make every day World AIDS Day and to join forces, to each do our part, to “keep the promise” to those all around the world who need our help. The hopes, aspirations and lives of millions people living with and affected by HIV worldwide demand nothing less.


Miriam Yeung, UNAIDS Special Representative on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

愛滋病是 每個人都要關心的事 。團結就是對抗愛滋病的力量,我盼望各人都 願意作出負責任的行為,保護自己和伴侶,免受 愛滋病病毒 的感染。我呼 籲 社會上各階層人士能多接納及關懷感染者及其家屬,讓他們不會感到被歧視和遺棄,使他們能過著正面而有意義的人生。

Everyone should care about AIDS. Unity is the strength in the fight against AIDS. I hope everybody can take responsibility to protect themselves and their partners from HIV infection. I also want to call upon members of the community to accept and show care for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, so that they would not feel discriminated against and abandoned, thus encouraging them to live a meaningful and fruitful life.


Mukesh Kapila, Special Representative of the Secretary General for HIV/AIDS, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

After twenty years’ experience and hundreds of conferences and seminars, it is time to move beyond the endlessly repeated statistics, and to face the AIDS challenge head-on with effective specific solutions. We know what must be done to prevent further infection, expand care, treatment, and support, and reduce stigma and discrimination.

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Bhatupe Mhango, UN+ Coordinator on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

I would like to reiterate a common place saying in the HIV and AIDS response: `It is not about how you contracted the virus…it is about how we will all respond to the HIV infection.` So there is no room for moralizing the epidemic or placing judgment. I will not keep you guessing- yes, I am HIV positive; I am a woman, and I am from Africa. And I am here to remind each and every one of us of the importance of keeping our promise.


Lillian Mworeko, International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

On this day, the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS in East Africa raise and add our voice to the many; to our fellow fighters, advocates and activists, political leaders and all players to be accountable and keep to our promise.  THE WAR must be won and this calls for concerted efforts.

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GRAM BHARATI SAMITI (GBS) on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

Gram Bharati Samiti, the first NGO initiating work on HIV/AIDS in Rajasthan in the year 1991, has been involved in many activities i.e. awareness, education and counseling, treating STIs/RTIs, peer education, condom promotion etc. during past 15 years.

read the press release


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on World AIDS Day 2006, 1 December 2006

(...) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls upon "every organ of society" to promote and secure the recognition and observance of human rights. The HIV epidemic underscores the urgency of heeding this call - as governments, civil society, private sector, UN system, and individuals - acting as a diverse but unified force, and ensuring our accountability for processes and results. (...)

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His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006  

I hope that World AIDS Day will serve to foster greater responsibility in curing the disease, as well as in the commitment to avoid all discrimination of those who have been affected.


The Archbishop of Canterbury  on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) I stand with all the archbishops of our Communion in offering what we can to create a generation free from HIV and AIDS..(...)”

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Caritas Internationalis on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) to make a significant contribution to the struggle against the spread of HIV and to assist Caritas member organisations in mobilising an effective response to the needs posed by the HIV epidemic.(...)”

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Reverend David Coffey, President of the Baptist World Alliance on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) Let’s make a fresh commitment to the new commandment of Jesus and end ignorance, stigma and isolation (..) "

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Rabbi Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

(...) Universal treatment by 2010 is the promise. It must be kept. (...)

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Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) We are called as Jesus' disciples to follow Jesus, to stand in solidarity with those whom society deems to be marginalized, to offer healing to those who are vulnerable, and to lay down our lives in love for the neighbor. (...)"

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Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) It is not your responsibility to finish the work of repairing the world, but neither are you free to desist from it. (...)"

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"(...) Brothers and Sisters in Islam, today marks another milestone in the fight against the dreaded disease, HIV/AIDS, which has either infected or affected all of us irrespective of tribe, race or religion (...)"

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Eustathius Matta Roham, Archbishop of Jazirah and Euphrates, Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...)Jesus, however, never ignored lepers or other marginalized people. We owe it ourselves to follow Christ’s example by standing humanely with HIV-positive people and other marginalized groups in our society. (...) "

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Sangharaj & The Supreme Patriarch Of Bangladesh on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) Given that, Buddhism is a practical spiritual way, essentially concerned about the fate of the human being. More than the pathology itself, it is the people, those who carry the virus and those who are ill, whom the Buddhist will focus his attention upon. (...)"

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The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) Words, words, words won't help us in our fight against the pandemic. Now is the time for action. (...)"

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KH.DR. Tarmizi Tahir,Rector, Azzahra University Chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Moderate Muslims (CCM) on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2006

"(...) UNAIDS has seen the potential of religion to fight HIV and AIDS and the role of social and cultural leaders. We have been dealing with drug abuse, HIV and AIDS for two decadesbut we have not yet been achieved success. (...)"

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