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World AIDS Day

Published on December 1, 2011
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, September 30, 2011

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France shares in the remembrance of the more than 30 million people who have succumbed to the virus over the last 30 years. She reaffirms her commitment alongside the European Union and the entire international community to the fight against AIDS and the need to continue the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

France has made the fight against HIV/AIDS one of her priorities. She is one of the world’s leading financial contributors. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs devotes:

- More than €360 million per year to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;

- €110 million per year to UNITAID’s International Drug Purchase Facility;

- More than €2 million to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS);

- Almost €45 million per year to bilateral aid to combat HIV/AIDS, notably through the ESTHER hospital cooperation initiative and the projects financed by the French Development Agency (AFD).

France will uphold her global commitments, despite the constrained economic and budgetary situation.

These efforts are bearing fruit: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS programmes are currently enabling three million people, 55% of whom are in sub-Saharan Africa, to benefit from antiretroviral treatment.

UNITAID has made it possible to lower the cost of paediatric antiretroviral treatments by almost 50% between 2008 and 2010.

France continues to promote the fundamental values which protect HIV-positive people from discrimination and stigmatization, and which notably guarantee freedom to travel, freedom of residence, access to good quality treatment, equality and gender equality. She remains convinced that the fight against HIV/AIDS isn’t just a matter of resources, but also a matter of equality. In this context, she is particularly committed to the protection of young girls./.

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