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Charlize Theron urges action on AIDS

  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she  accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Purchase photo reprints »

  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Purchase photo reprints »

  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she  accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

    A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

    A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron) Purchase photo reprints »

  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Purchase photo reprints »

  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she  accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, right, gestures as she  accepts her Crystal award from Hilde Schwab on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)
  • A man walks outside the main entrance of the Congress Center, on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from 23 to 27 January, is "Resilient Dynamism". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)
  • South African Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron accepts her Crystal award on the eve of the opening of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

She accepted an award Tuesday for her humanitarian work at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Theron, a U.N. Messenger of Peace and founder of an African outreach foundation, says she’s impressed by the “brain trust” at the Forum. She says “I feel like I’m getting smarter by osmosis.”

But Theron emphasized the devastating effect that AIDS has had on her native South Africa and the entire African continent. “The fight is far from over,” she warned.

AIDS and other global health issues are among the strategic concerns of the more than 2,500 political, economic and business leaders meeting at the Davos forum.

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