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UN Foundation Announces Special Account for Global AIDS and Health Fund

Washington, DC —   August 9, 2001

In response to a request from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations Foundation has established a special account to permit those who wish to make donations in support of the global effort to combat HIV/AIDS to do so immediately.The special account for the Global AIDS and Health Fund was set up following the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS last week in New York. The Session – the latest indication that this pandemic has become an urgent international crisis – adopted a declaration of commitment that set out clear goals for a global battle against the disease.

The special account for the global fund also responds to the "Call to Action" by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has urged greater coordination among nations and a strong political and financial commitment to support efforts to combat the disease.

The account will accept contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations and others wanting to support the battle against HIV/AIDS globally. Such contributions will be held in the special account pending the establishment of the Global AIDS and Health Fund, which the Secretary-General called for in his opening statement before the Special Session.

"Establishing this account falls squarely within the Foundation’s mission of promoting public-private partnerships to meet global challenges and to facilitate support to that end from all interested parties," said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. "HIV/AIDS knows no border – it affects everyone in the world. The UN Foundation is proud to play a role by addressing this important need and establishing an account so donations to this effort can be simple and straightforward."

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The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist R.E. Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations and its Charter. Through its grantmaking and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the United Nations Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.  

 
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