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The Last Word

United Nations Millennium Declaration

October 2000

The United Nations Millenium Summit, the largest gathering in history of world leaders, brought together 149 heads of state and government and high-ranking officials from over 40 other countries. The summit met in New York in September, and the U.N. General Assembly issued a declaration marking the event. Excerpts relating to HIV/AIDS are reprinted below.

We, Heads of State and Government, have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 6 to 8 September 2000, at the dawn of a new Millennium, to reaffirm our faith in the Organization and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.

We recognize that, in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As leaders we have a duty, therefore, to all the world's people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs. . . .

We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone, and to freeing the entire human race from want. . . .

We resolve, therefore, to create an environment -- at the national and global levels alike -- which is conducive to development and to the elimination of poverty. . . .

We resolve further:

  • To have, by [the year 2015] halted, and begun to reverse, the spread of HIV/AIDS, the scourge of malaria and other major diseases that afflict humanity.

  • To provide special assistance to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. . . .

  • To promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, as effective ways to combat poverty, hunger, and disease and to stimulate development that is truly sustainable.

  • To encourage the pharmaceutical industry to make essential drugs more widely available and affordable by all who need them in developing countries.

  • To develop strong partnerships with the private sector, and with civil society organizations, in pursuit of development and poverty eradication . . .

  • To help Africa build up its capacity to tackle the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other infectious diseases.

Back to the October 2000 Issue of Body Positive Magazine.

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