Mr. Blair described his "personal commitment" to providing global leadership to tackle AIDS during the UK presidencies of the EU and G8 in 2005 and beyond.
Speaking at a No10 Downing Street breakfast with women and young people living with or made vulnerable by AIDS, the UK Prime Minister said:
"AIDS is a global crisis that requires an immediate and effective global response."
"'Taking Action: the UK's strategy to tackle HIV and AIDS in the developing world' - launched today - sets out how we plan to provide timely and effective global leadership to tackle the pandemic."
"We have placed a special focus on the needs of women, young people and orphans in this strategy. These are the people most vulnerable to AIDS in the developing world and I am glad to announce $280.3 million (150m) towards international efforts to support and protect orphans. I am also announcing a further $144 million (77m) for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to help fight these three diseases that thrive on poverty."
"Every year more than three million people die from AIDS. The international community has made some progress in tackling the pandemic, but not nearly enough. It is my intention that this strategy will lead and inform global efforts to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and reduce the devastating impact of AIDS."