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Condoleezza Rice Statement on World AIDS Day

Statement on World AIDS Day

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Dead Sea, Jordan
December 1, 2006

On this World AIDS Day, we mourn the more than 25 million people who have died from AIDS in our world, and we remember the over 39 million people who are currently living with HIV. It is also a time for the world community to come together in commitment to the promise of partnerships that are creating new hope. President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is making great strides as a result of partnerships with people in communities around the world. Success is possible only where there is leadership and commitment by governmental and non-governmental sectors in host nations, and it is exciting to see the growing leadership and commitment to fighting AIDS in hard-hit nations.

Creating a world free of HIV is one of the great moral callings of our time and one that requires a global response. On this World AIDS Day, I commend the people who are leading the fight in their nations and communities, and I especially call on the world community to rededicate efforts to prevent stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The American people stand with the people of the world in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.

Released on December 1, 2006

ENDS


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