Addressing Africa's Agony

Holbrooke and Gore push the U.N. to combat AIDS as a deadly threat to the world's security

Seasoned U.N. diplomats had expected something out of the ordinary when Richard Holbrooke, Washington's media-savvy U.N. ambassador, took over the presidency of the Security Council this month. They were not disappointed. Last week he devoted the council's first session in the new century to an unprecedented discussion of AIDS, normally the domain of lesser U.N. branches. And in a move guaranteed to draw maximum attention, he turned the presidency of the session over to Al Gore, an unusual platform for a U.S. Vice President. It was the first time the Security Council has discussed a health issue, and China and Russia...

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