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Statements of support for the Stop AIDS Campaign launch


Bishop Desmond Tutu
“In 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.”
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Former US President Bill Clinton
Thank you for leading the effort to stop AIDS. Stop it we must, following your lead."
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Brendan Barber, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
"The HIV/AIDS 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."
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Archbishop 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 UK’s Stop AIDS Campaign as it joins with people all over the world working for a generation without HIV/AIDS.”
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Jon Snow, Broadcaster
“I regard this as one of the deciding Campaigns of humanity. We either all pull our weight to fight AIDS together or we face history’s judgement of failing so huge a proportion of the world’s population.”
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Glenys Kinnock MEP
"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."
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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 this epidemic."
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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”
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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."
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Ralph Fiennes
"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."
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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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