Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first Secretary-General to be elected from the ranks of United Nations staff, he began his term on 1 January 1997. In recent months, the Secretary-General has issued a global Call to Action on HIV/AIDS. The Call to Action encourages governments, non-governmental organisations, foundations, the corporate sector and the UN family to work together to achieve five priorities preventing further spread of the epidemic, reducing HIV transmission from mother to child, ensuring that care and treatment is within the reach of all, delivering scientific breakthroughs, and protecting those made most vulnerable by the epidemic especially orphans. The Secretary-General has proposed that a global AIDS and health fund be created to effectively channel money where it is most needed.
"We must involve young people living with HIV/AIDS in the struggle against the epidemic. They, after all, know best what it means to live with AIDS."
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