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Published: 2 Dec. 2011
Washington, DC - Sheila Nix, U.S. Executive Director of ONE, issued the following statement regarding President Obama's World AIDS Day announcement of his administration's new commitments to the battle against HIV/AIDS:
"At the World AIDS Day event hosted today by ONE and (RED), President Obama made a bold commitment that will turn a new chapter in the 30-year battle against HIV/AIDS. If other world leaders show the same level of focus and determination, it is entirely possible we will soon see the beginning of the end of AIDS.
"The President announced that the United States will:
"And, just as we have called on European and African governments to step up their efforts alongside the US, President Obama reinforced that financing the fight against AIDS should be a shared global responsibility.
"The President's commitment also takes into account the current challenging budget environment by the call for minimal new funding, in large part by saving significant resources through the following reforms:
"As we mark World AIDS Day we look to a future where we actually can see the beginning of the end of AIDS. We realize there is much more to be done and we are grateful for President Obama's leadership on HIV/AIDS which builds on the legacies of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. This issue is truly one with no partisan barricades, for which we, our 2.5 million members, (RED) supporters, and our partner organizations are greatly appreciative. It is through this consistent bipartisanship that so much progress has been made - and through which we will achieve, by 2015, an AIDS-free generation."
ONE is a global grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2.5 million people that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressing political leaders to support smart, effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. For more information please visit www.ONE.org.