Message to mark the 30th AIDS Candelight Memorial - 19 May 2013
Nga mihi ki a koutou.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Aids Candlelight Memorial. When the first Memorial was held in San Francisco in 1983, few would have predicted that 30 years later we would look back on the suffering caused by a global epidemic that has claimed more than 30 million lives.
The theme of this year’s Candlelight Memorial – in solidarity – underscores the toll the epidemic has taken, and the need to redouble efforts to fight its spread.