Tuesday, August 5, 2008

World missing AIDS targets, top UN official says

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said most countries have failed to live up to a commitment they made two years ago to fight AIDS and probably won't meet the UN AIDS Millennium Development Goal to reverse the spread of the disease by 2015.

In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly aimed to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, he reminded the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

"Most countries still have a long way to go" to meet that goal, which will make it difficult to meet the 2015 target, he said in a text prepared for delivery to the meeting on Sunday. About 22,000 delegates are attending the week-long summit. The previous one was held in Toronto in 2006.

"We are still facing a huge shortfall in resources," and richer countries will have to help the poorest countries, which are worst-hit, Ban said.

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