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Former U.N. Ambassador Holbrooke Works to Persuade Businesses to Help Fight AIDS
Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has become president and CEO of the Global Business Council on HIV and AIDS, the Wall Street Journal reports (Wall Street Journal, 6/20). The group, formed in 1997, counts as members several large corporations, including Unilever, Coca-Cola, Viacom and AOL Time Warner. Holbrooke said he wants to "press businesses to educate their employees on preventing AIDS, to remove the stigma attached to workers who have become
HIV-positive and to undertake testing and treatment in the workplace" (Wren, New York Times, 6/20). He added, "Businesses have not done a fraction of what they ought to combat the disease. They haven't done 10% of what they ought to do." Holbrooke said that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan "strongly encouraged" him to assume the helm of the council (Wall Street Journal, 6/20).
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