Premier Wen Jiabao Attends the UN Discussions on MDGs and HIV/AIDS

On September 22, 2010, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the UN discussions on Millennium Development Goals and HIV/AIDS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and delivered a speech. Premier Wen introduced China's achievements and propositions in the fight against HIV/AIDS and called upon the international community to further strengthen cooperation in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

Wen said that HIV/AIDS is a common challenge faced by the entire mankind. The Chinese government attaches great importance to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and has formed a HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment working mechanism led by the government and participated in by the whole society. "At present, the momentum of the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS has been basically curbed. We are confident that the Millennium Development Goals in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment will be achieved by 2015."

Wen pointed out that China has been actively involved in international cooperation for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and made donations to the Global Fund for many years in succession. China actively trained HIV/AIDS health workers from Africa and carried out project cooperation with the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and ASEAN countries in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. China will donate USD 14 million to the Global Fund in the coming three years and make contributions to the global achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the field of HIV/AIDS on schedule.

Wen stressed that developed countries should earnestly fulfill their commitments to provide developing countries with necessary financial and technical assistance. Developing countries should actively learn from the effective experience of the international community and continue to explore their own ways of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment suited to their national conditions.

Wen concluded that the human history is a history of struggles against and victories over a variety of diseases. "I firmly believe that the 'Red Ribbon' will link our hearts closely. There is always one day when mankind will defeat HIV/AIDS."

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