More than 18 000 political leaders, scientists, activists and medical specialists have gathered in Durban, South Africa, at the XXI International Conference on HIV / AIDS. In his speech, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged, among other things, to protect the rights of homosexuals. He hopes that participants will develop the progress and complete the goal – by 2030 to end the HIV / AIDS epidemic.
“… We need to protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV, including gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, intravenous drug users and prisoners,” – said Ban moon, emphasizing that only “putting an end to stigma and discrimination,” can “prevent the spread of HIV and save lives”.
Opening the Conference, Ki-moon recalled that exactly 16 years ago on the same conference Nelson Mandela spoke, who was a tireless fighter against AIDS. Just on July 18, the day of the forum, in the UN mark the day of Mandela.