Watch President Bill Clinton’s Speech at AIDS 2012

By Melanie Nathan, July 28, 2012

Thousands of delegates signed the Washington, D.C. Declaration, the official declaration of the XIX International AIDS Conference. The declaration states that we must strive for multi-disciplinary approaches that respect and uphold the human rights and dignity of all people affected by the epidemic and calls for nine concrete actions. Sign the declaration online at  or

President Bill Clinton giving Keynote address at AIDS 2012 closing ceremony. Photo by Kristina Lapinski © 2012 (Copyright K. Lapinski & GAY USA the Movie)

At the closing session of The International Aids Conference 2012, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.,  U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “The International AIDS Conference is focused on solutions, care, and a cure, bringing together experts, policy makers, and people living with HIV around a single goal: ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic once and for all. HIV/AIDS is a challenge that knows no borders, and the United States must continue to invest in treatments and prevention at home, while working to restore a future of hope and health to communities around the world.”

“We need a new level of openness about how every last dollar is spent by countries, by governments, by NGOs,”  Said President Bill Clinton during his closing keynote speech.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative through the former president’s foundation in 2010 announced a partnership with the South African government to expand access to HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment. More than 400,000 additional South Africans with HIV had received these drugs within a year of the program’s inception. Clinton further pointed out that the initiative has saved the country roughly $700 million over the last two years.

The session highlight featured a keynote address by President Bill Clinton   Watch and hear speech at 1.32 minutes…

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