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U.S./world – Fighting AIDS – Pledge by finance leaders

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Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, asked leaders of U.S. foundations to help finance his proposed $7 billion to $10 billion global fund to fight aids and other diseases, The Wall Street Journal reported May 1.

“Let’s be in no doubt: The world has the resources to defeat this epidemic if it really wants to,” he said in a speech in Philadelphia at the annual conference of the Council on Foundations. “Is the will there? We will find out.”

Global funding to fight AIDS currently totals an estimated $1 billion.

At the same time, international finance officials ended a three-day meeting in Washington, D.C., promising to combat poverty and the spread of infectious diseases in poor countries, BBC News reported May 1.

They vowed to create a multi-billion-dollar fund to buy cheap drugs to fight HIV/AIDS in poor regions such as Africa.

For full story, go to Northern Light and BBC News.

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