World AIDS Day (1 December 2018)

On this World AIDS Day, held on December 1, France reaffirms its commitment to combating HIV/AIDS. It calls on all actors in the international community – both public and private – to work together to end the pandemic by 2030 in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Despite enormous progress over the past 30 years, there are still large obstacles to eliminating AIDS. In 2017, 1.8 million people were newly infected and more than 40% of those affected still do not have access to treatment. AIDS remains the leading cause of death in women aged 15 to 44, and the second-largest mortality factor for teenagers worldwide.

France played a key role in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) in 2002. We are also one of the countries that originated UNITAID in 2006, financing 60% of its work on innovative treatments, diagnosis and prevention.

France is continuing its effort to combat HIV/AIDS:

  • as the second-largest donor, historically, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ($4.8 billion since 2002)
  • as the leading donor to UNITAID (€1.5 billion since 2006)
  • through the commitment of its researchers
  • as part of its bilateral aid efforts, especially in the areas of technical assistance and support for associations.

This commitment was reaffirmed by President Macron’s decision to host the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in Lyon on October 10, 2019. We are counting on the world’s leaders to raise new resources for the Global Fund for the period 2020-2022.

Video: World AIDS Day, Stéphanie Seydoux (Ambassador for Global Health)