On December 1st, the global community observes World AIDS Day, to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. According to a new report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, almost 63 million people have been infected with the HIV since 1981. And at the end of 2009, some 33.3 million people were living with HIV, including 2.5 million children.
Today, cities around the world will light their most distinctive landmarks (RED). From the Sydney Opera House, to Paris' City Hall & Fountains, from the London Eye, to Cape Town’s Table Mountain, from Niagara Falls, to the Seattle Space Needle - the world will turn red to highlight the day. A list of those landmarks, including our own Space Needle, participating can be found here.
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