We have provided more than two billion dollars in humanitarian and peacekeeping aid. I look forward to attending a Security Council meeting that will focus on Darfur, chaired by French President Sarkozy [sar-KOzee].
I appreciate France's leadership in helping to stabilize Sudan's neighbors. The United Nations must answer this challenge to conscience – and live up to its promise to promptly deploy peacekeeping forces to Darfur.
Second, the mission of the United Nations requires liberating people from hunger and disease. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration states, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care." Around the world, the United Nations Is carrying out noble efforts to live up to these words.
Feeding the hungry has long been a special calling of my Nation.
Today, more than half the world's food assistance comes from America.
We send emergency food stocks to starving people from camps in Sudan to slums in Central America. I have also proposed an innovative initiative to alleviate hunger under which America would purchase the crops of local farmers in Africa and other places – rather than shipping in food from the developed world. This would help build up local agriculture and break the cycle of famine in the developing world – and I urge the United States Congress to support it.
Many in this hall are bringing the spirit of generosity to fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria. Five years ago, in Sub-Saharan Africa, an AIDS diagnosis was widely considered a death sentence, and fewer than 50,000 people infected with the virus were receiving treatment. The world responded by creating the Global Fund, which is working with governments and the private sector to fight the disease around the world. The United States decided to take these efforts a step fu rther by launching the 15 billion dollar Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Since 2003, this e ffort has helped bring cutting-edge medicines to more than a million people in sub- Saharan Africa. Some call this a remarkable success. I call it a good sta rt .
So earlier this year, I proposed to double our initial commitment – to 30 billion dollars. By coming together, the world can turn the tide against HIV/AIDS -- once and for all.
Malaria is another common killer. In some countries, malaria takes as many lives as HIV/AIDS. – the vast majority of them children under the age of five. Every one of these deaths is unnecessary, because the disease is preventable and treatable. The world knows what it takes to stop malaria -- bed nets, indoor spraying, and medicine to treat the disease.
So two years ago, America launched a 1.2 billion dollar malaria initiative.
Other nations and the private sector are making vital contributions as well. I cáll on every member state to maintain focus . find new ways to join this cause ... and bring us closer to the day when malaria is no more.