The White House Honors World AIDS Day 2012


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From the White House blog, The White House Honors World AIDS Day 2012:

Today, December 1, 2012 is World AIDS Day. Every year on this day,  the
world comes together to stand with people affected by HIV/AIDS, to
remember those we have lost and to renew our commitment to ending the
pandemic once and for all. 

A giant red AIDS ribbon is put on display in honor of World AIDS Day on the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama's Proclamation for World AIDS Day 2012:  

Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared
responsibility. It requires commitment from partner countries, coupled
with support from donors, civil society, people living with HIV,
faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, and
multilateral institutions. We stand at a tipping point in the fight
against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic
opportunity to bring that fight to an end.

Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward
overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible,
and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating
consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is
long — but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember
that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence,
and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can
beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with
us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to
make that vision a reality.