Geneva: UNAIDS, 2002. 36 p.
In two decades, AIDS has killed more than 20 million people. By 2020, another 68 million face premature death in the 45 most affected countries, unless concerted and effective action is taken now. Sustainable development implies a balance between environmental and economic and social development. The devastation of the AIDS epidemic is draining the human and institutional capacities that fuel sustainable development. Prevention works. Treatment and care save lives. An effective, long-term response to the epidemic hinges on recognizing and protecting people's rights. Individuals and communities who are able to realize their rights to information, education, health, shelter and viable livelihoods, and who are protected against discrimination and violence, are less vulnerable to the epidemic and more able to cope with its impact. The report concludes that social and economic strategies are more likely to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development if they meet the challenges posed by the AIDS epidemic.
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