Statements of support for the Stop AIDS Campaign launch
the battle against Apartheid we scored a tremendous victory in the
face of considerable evil. The solidarity of people from around
the world, including the UK strengthened us at some of our darkest
moments. Now as we enter another battle the battle against
HIV/AIDS we need the same solidarity, the same passion, the same
commitment and energy. I congratulate our brothers and sisters in
the UK on the launch of the Stop AIDS Campaign. By working together,
we can be unbeatable.
US President Bill Clinton
Thank you for leading the effort to stop
AIDS. Stop it we must, following your lead."
Barber, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
pandemic is one of the most intractable problems facing mankind
today. It poses a formidable challenge to all developmental efforts.
It has certainly set the clock back by decades in some of the poorest
regions in the world, nullifying painstakingly made progress in
the economic and social well-being of millions of people. The TUC
and its affiliates have been in the forefront of the fight against
the disease in the UK, collaborating with the CBI and ACAS on workplace
response to it. The TUC plays a key role in developing policies
of the international trade union movement on HIV/AIDS through participation
in the ITUC/GUF Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. We are currently
supporting an initiative by the Africa Regional Organization of
the ITUC, designed to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, combat discrimination
against its victims and alleviate suffering in Africa. The TUC wholeheartedly
supports the aims and objectives of the Stop the AIDS Campaign and
is keen to contribute to it. We wish you every success."
Ndungane of Cape Town
The global HIV/AIDS
epidemic is not about statistics, but about real people who feel
real pain. To tackle this we need to be moving together and moving
fast. That is why I welcome the launch of the UKs Stop AIDS
Campaign as it joins with people all over the world working for
a generation without HIV/AIDS.
regard this as one of the deciding Campaigns of humanity. We either
all pull our weight to fight AIDS together or we face historys
judgement of failing so huge a proportion of the worlds population.
"The Stop AIDS
Campaign will provide an important focus for the global challenge
which we face from the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Campaign will, I'm
sure, tackle the profound injustice which leaves the vast majority
of those infected in the developing world unable to afford the medicines
which so improve the quality of life of those with HIV/AIDS in the
West. The UK Government has a critical role to play in the campaign
which has to be waged to ensure that the worlds poor have access
to affordable medicines."
President Obasanjo of Nigeria
"HIV/AIDS is the greatest challenge
facing the world to day. To rise to the challenge requires firm
political commitment and unprecedented solidarity between peoples.
I welcome the launch of the Stop AIDS Campaign in the UK as a valuable
contribution to the international struggle to free the world from
Sir Elton John
"The AIDS crisis is on a scale that
almost defies our comprehension. And yet the response from the international
community is marked by inertia and denial. Together with activists
from around the world, through the Stop AIDS Campaign, people across
the UK will call their leaders to account and make sure they turn
their rhetoric into action. I urge everyone, whatever race or creed
to get involved in the Stop AIDS Campaign. Together we can begin
to turn around this tidal wave of human suffering
Roger Moore CBE
"In my travels around the world for
UNICEF, I have seen the effects of HIV/AIDS and the devastating
impact it has on the lives of children and their families. I have
met children who are alone and bringing up their younger siblings
without the care and love of their parents, who have been lost to
AIDS. I vigorously support this new campaign, one which I know,
with your help, will make a huge difference."
"Whilst in Uganda in 2000 I saw for
myself the effect that AIDS is having on countries in Africa. I
hope, along with the tens of thousands of other people supporting
the Stop AIDS Campaign, that we can make a real difference to people's
lives wherever they live."
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General
The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is an
unprecedented crisis that requires an unprecedented response. In
particular it requires solidarity - between the healthy and the
sick, between rich and poor, and above all, between richer and poorer
nations. The Stop AIDS Campaign, which is being launched in the
United Kingdom on World AIDS Day 2001, is an example of just this
kind of response and one which I warmly welcome.
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