World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said today that his organization “will work tirelessly” to win the fight against AIDS.
Kim was addressing the opening plenary session of the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington.
“I pledge that the World Bank will work tirelessly with all of you here to drive the AIDS fight forward until we win,” Kim said in remarks prepared for delivery. “I challenge you to join me in harnessing the moral power and practical lessons that the AIDS movement has produced to speed progress against that other global scourge, poverty.”
There are a record 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV and the virus killed more than 4,000 people a day last year, according to the World Health Organization. The AIDS meeting in Washington is expected to draw more than 20,000 activists and researchers.
Kim said that “we look towards the end of AIDS as something that is actually within our reach” and that he is “committed to strengthening the World Bank’s multilateral alliances” in the fight against AIDS.
Kim, 52, took over as head of the World Bank on July 1. He is an HIV/AIDS specialist who co-founded a non-profit organization that has opened clinics in countries including Haiti and Peru.