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Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on World AIDS Day

December 1, 2010


On World AIDS Day, we take time to remember those who have been lost to this devastating disease, and recommit ourselves to saving as many lives as we can, now and in the future. This December 1, World AIDS Day is also an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved. We have saved millions of lives from AIDS over the past decade. By investing in what we know works, we can save millions more in the future.

The Obama administration has made the fight against AIDS central to the Global Health Initiative, our commitment to strengthening global health systems and implementing sustainable solutions to improve the health of entire communities. One major focus of the Global Health Initiative is strengthening our partnerships around the world so they reflect and reinforce the global effort needed to defeat AIDS. This year, the United States also made its first multi-year pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria to further support this cooperative approach. Our metric for success is simple: lives saved.

Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we are making smart investments that will ultimately help bring us closer to a world free of HIV/AIDS. We work with dedicated organizations and individuals every day to make this goal a reality. The struggle is far from over, but the United States is committed to remaining a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS — today, tomorrow, and every day until the disease is eradicated. That is our obligation and our promise to the millions of souls around the planet living with HIV/AIDS.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marie Sakell permalink
    December 3, 2010 3:57 pm

    Hillary’s the most consistently progressive force in American politics today. Her strong voice has shattered glass ceilings for girls and women throughout this world of ours. But she does not belong exclusively to the U.S. She is truly a GLOBAL AMBASSADOR the likes of whom this troubled world needs now more than ever. Her Health Initiatives both in her own country and abroad have made her a true World Public Servant.

    And on a lighter note, how can we forget during the primaries, when she made a gesture opening her welcoming arms wide, looking at the sky saying: “And the skies will open up, the world will be flooded with Light from above, and we’ll all be hand-in-hand singing ‘kumbaya’…!” She was also a prophet!

    My one wish is that she could be cloned by the thousands and sent to every country’s congress/parliament….

  2. March 24, 2013 4:28 pm

    Such a great day.

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