Today, about 40 million people are living with AIDS. About half live in Africa, where there are over 8,000 new infections each day.
In his opening address, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair appealed for more aid for Africa and committed the UK to provide nearly one sixth of a World Health Organisation disease control appeal totalling £300m.
Mr Blair also made clear he would use Britain’s G8 presidency to address the problems of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.
The need for increased funding to tackle AIDS pandemic was also raised by French President Jacques Chirac.
Mr. Chirac proposed an experimental global tax that would finance research for a vaccine, developing prevention campaigns and removing obstacles on access to care.
The tax would be levied on international financial transactions, airline tickets, as well as aviation and shipping fuel.