Séminaire sur les défis de la recherche sur le Sida et le VIH
Discours de M. Joël De Zorzi, Ambassadeur de France en Suède, lors de la séance d’ouverture du séminaire scientifique en l’honneur des prix Nobel de Médecine.
Professeur Barré-Sinoussi, Professeur Montagnier, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to participate in the opening of this round-table dedicated to future research on AIDS. First of all, let me praise once again the two laureates.
Moreover, I would like to express my warmest thanks to ECDC, which has been strongly supported by France since the beginning, for receiving us today. Let me thank as well Karolinska Institutet for its help in organizing the seminar.
My country is honoured by this prestigious scientific prize, which acknowledges the work of researchers and the investments made by renowned institutions like the Institut Pasteur. We do hope that this prize will also have beneficial impacts on all the people suffering from HIV-AIDS all over the world.
Professors Montagnier and Barre-Sinoussi reminded us, yesterday during their lecture, of the terrible figures of the people infected and the mortality (rate ?), but they also gave us a message of hope : progress in prevention and treatment in developing countries, which is directly linked to volume of support from industrialised countries.
As you know, fight against pandemics is a key priority of the French ODA policy. France confirmed its international commitment through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with a total amount of 900 millions Euros already engaged for the three-years period 2008-2010 (ie the second largest contribution after the United States).
But the prize is also a European one, and it is particularly relevant to be here today at the ECDC, the European agency in charge of coordinating responses to several threats and diseases.
Europe needs young scientific talents with , as a guarantee for its future competitiveness and its capacity to address the challenges of our times, especially in the field of global changes and new diseases. May this Nobel Prize inspire the young generation and promote creativity.