World pours 11.7 billion dollars into anti-AIDS fight
"At a time when so many governments are tightening their belts at home, these commitments send a powerful message. It shows how seriously world leaders want to do the right thing beyond their borders,"
- UN chief Ban Ki-moon
Countries from around the world pledged Tuesday to pour 11.7 billion dollars into a fight against AIDS and other deadly diseases.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced the commitment at UN headquarters where more than 40 donor countries, private foundations, and corporations were meeting to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2011 through 2013.
Earlier, Washington said it was contributing what it said was a record four billion dollars to the fund.