Speech by Dr Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director at the opening of the XVII International AIDS Conference, Mexico. Mexico City, 3 August 2008
This conference takes place as we enter a new phase in confronting aids. A new phase because we now have results on a large scale. For the first time, fewer people are dying of aids and fewer people are becoming infected with HIV. For the first time we have empirical evidence that our brilliant coalition can move mountains. A unique and diverse coalition present here in this auditorium. This is cause for encouragement. But not cause for complacency, nor for declaring victory.