What We’re Reading: White House World AIDS Day Round Up
By Katie Lapides Coester | December 6, 2013
This week Washington, D.C. saw a flurry activity around HIV/AIDS, both celebrating progress in the global fight against the epidemic and reaffirming political commitments to ending the disease.
Ahead of World AIDS Day, President Obama released an official World AIDS Day Proclamation highlighting domestic and global progress towards combatting HIV/AIDS and his administration’s commitment to eradicating the disease. In celebration of World AIDS Day, the White House also suspended a large AIDS ribbon from the North Portico.
On Monday, Dec. 2, President Obama hosted a World AIDS Day commemoration event. President Obama made key announcements during his speech, all of which built upon this year’s theme of “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
Following the event, the President signed S.1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, into law —ensuring that PEFPAR will continue to provide the strong and steady leadership needed to change the course of this epidemic, once and for all.
Then on Tuesday, governments, private organizations and individuals made their three year pledges to the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as part of its fourth replenishment conference. Pledges amounted to more than $12 billion—ensuring the Global Fund will remain a strong and critical component in combatting HIV/AIDS.
While World AIDS Day is an important time to reflect on the past and future fight against HIV/AIDS, we must remember that each day, millions of women, men, and children are in need of services to prevent, care for and treat HIV infections.
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Katie Coester is EGPAF’s Public Policy Officer, based in Washington, D.C.