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Xinhua, UNAIDS ink new agreement on global anti-AIDS cooperation

GENEVA, March 18 (Xinhua) — Xinhua News Agency and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Friday inked a new deal to enhance global cooperation towards ending AIDS by 2030.

In a ceremony held in UNAIDS headquarters, Xinhua President Cai Mingzhao and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe signed the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The deal builds on the framework of cooperation outlined in the original MOU signed in 2011 between the two sides, while strengthening collaboration in areas such as social media.

Cai Mingzhao (R), president of Xinhua News Agency, talks with Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe in Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2016. Xinhua and UNAIDS signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate their cooperation in anti-AIDS efforts on March 18, 2016. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)

The two sides will continue to work towards the common goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, through in-depth cooperation, consultation and exchange of information.

“To end AIDS requires the joint efforts from the international community. Xinhua will use today as an opportunity to firmly support UNAIDS in its fight against AIDS,” said Cai in the ceremony.

Sidibe, who is also the Under-Secretary-General of the UN, said “combined with the power of media and communication, we could work together to build a legacy in promoting ending AIDS”.

Established in 1994, UNAIDS is the major UN agency for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the epidemic.

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