Over 20,000 people, including Bill Gates and Whoopi Goldberg, are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for the 19th International AIDS Conference, to discuss new ways of fighting what has been one of the world's deadliest epidemics for more than three decades.
The entertainer and Mr Sidibé believe there is good reason to be hopeful. More than eight million people worldwide now have access to HIV treatment more than 50 per cent of those who need it and over the past decade, new infections among young people have dropped by 20 per cent. While "serious challenges remain in the AIDS response", the pair added: "Through daily acts of creativity, compassion and courage, we can begin to end the epidemic."
This afternoon, Elton is to give the keynote address, Can Public-Private Partnerships Help Those who Think Globally, Act Locally?