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During a charity gala in New York on Tuesday 10 June, Crown Princess Mette-Marit reciever the amfAR Award of Inspiration for her longtime AIDS work, awarded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research. AmfAR has conducted research on AIDS for nearly 30 years. Recently they launched a research initiative aiming to develop a vaccine that can cure HIV by 2020. The foundation will invest $ 100 million in this work.
For the benefit of this, amfAR organized on Tuesday night a charity gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York. During this event, Crown Princess Mette-Marit was awarded a prize for her work in the HIV and AIDS field for many years.
The award was presented by Dr Mervyn Silverman and Franca Sozzani, editor of Italian Vogue.
Dr Mervyn Silverman was president of amfAR from 1986-1996, and is currently the head of the foundation's research programs. In his award speech to Crown Princess he pulled partly up her first meeting with her, which was during a gathering of young leaders in San Francisco in 2008 - where young people from the whole world were invited to discuss how to combat HIV and AIDS.
For someone who has been in the frontline in the fight against AIDS since day one, it is a great pleasure to see that young people the world over can draw strength from such an inspirational leader: Crown Princess Mette-Marit, he said among other things.In their acceptance speech, the Crown Princess said:
I dedicate this award to all my wonderful young HIV-positive friends around the world, which requires universal access to medicines - and who work for a future free of AIDS. This award belongs to them.