Marking the 23rd anniversary of World AIDS Day, President Obama today announced a deepened U.S. commitment to fighting the pandemic, declaring “make no mistake, we are going to win this fight.” “Today is a remarkable day. Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic – once and for all,” Obama said at a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University.
The president announced a realignment of existing funds to provide an additional $50 million to combat HIV and AIDS and set a new goal to help six million people get on treatment by the end of 2013, two million more than the original target. Obama also urged countries that have committed to give money to the Global Fund to live up to their promises. “That includes China and other major economies that are now able to step up as major donors,” he said. Read more.