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The World in Medicine
March 14, 2001

UN Calls for Global AIDS Effort

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JAMA. 2001;285(10):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.285.10.1283

Governments worldwide must increase their political and financial commitments to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, urges United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a new report.

"HIV/AIDS is the most formidable development challenge of our time," Annan notes in the 29-page report, which is intended to set the tone for an unprecedented General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, to be held in New York on June 25-27. The epidemic "threatens the social and economic fabric of communities and the political stability of nations," he said.