France: Chirac Calls on World to Keep AIDS Promises
August 16, 2006
On Tuesday, French President Jacques Chirac sent a message to the 16th International AIDS Conference calling on the global community to "keep its promises" to provide universal access to AIDS treatment by 2010 and reverse HIV rates by 2015. "It is morally unacceptable that the majority of sick people are in the south while access to means of prevention and treatment are very significantly in the north," said Chirac. The international powers promised to ensure treatment access by 2010 and to reverse HIV rates by 2015, he said. Chirac urged nations to increase aid to fight AIDS, and he noted his country would increase its contribution to the global fight against AIDS, TB and malaria to $380 million in 2007. Chirac also highlighted the country's commitment to an international solidarity tax, which France implemented as an airline ticket levy.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.