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World AIDS Day, 1 December 2009

Calendar of Events

Event No. 1:
Launch of the Fourth Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS to Mark World AIDS Day

(To mark World AIDS Day, a press conference by UN partners launching the Fourth Stocktaking Report on children and AIDS will immediately be followed by a panel discussion: "Children Left Behind.")

Press Conference

(To be held in the United Nations Secretariat, Room 226, on Monday, 30 November, 11.00 A.M.-1145 A.M.,
- for media accredited to the United Nations)

Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. British A. Robinson, Director of Public-Private Partnerships, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
C. Virginia Fields, President & CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
and: Jimmy Kolker, Chief of UNICEF HIV and AIDS Section
Bertil Lindblad, Director of UNAIDS New York Office
(TBA) World Health Organization
Steven Kraus, Chief, HIV and AIDS Section, UNFPA

Panel Discussion on the Children Left Behind

(Conference Room 1, 11.30 A.M.-1.00 P.M.)

Opening remarks: Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN
Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. British A. Robinson, Director of Public-Private Partnerships, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
C. Virginia Fields; President & CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Keren Gonzalez, youth activist
Dr. Julian Atim, an AIDS orphan and physician from Uganda;
Hyacinth Kulemeka, a representative of the government of Malawi
Noreen Huni, Regional Interagency Task Team on Children and HIV in South Africa.

Event No. 2:
UNAIDS - World AIDS Day - “Lights for Rights”

When: Tuesday, December 1 - 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Where: Washington Square Park, New York City (5th Avenue at Washington Square Park North)
A stage will be set up between the arch and the fountain.

Speakers include:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Kenneth Cole, Chairman, Kenneth Cole Productions; Chairman, Board of trustees, AMFAR the Foundation for AIDS Research
Christine Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council
Naomi Watts, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

The lights on the Washington Square Park Memorial Arch in New York City will be turned off during the event to remember those lost to AIDS and to symbolize how HIV stigma drives people with HIV into the shadows. After a brief period of darkness, the lights will turned back on to emphasize need to shine the light on human rights for those living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. Floodlights on the Empire State Building, clearly visible through the arch, will also be turned off and turned back on at the same time.

Fear, stigma, discrimination and even laws criminalizing the transmission of HIV have driven people with HIV into the shadows, forcing them to often die in isolation, fear and shame due to a health condition. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2009, the Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), UNAIDS, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and World AIDS Campaign are launching a new global “Lights For Rights Campaign” organized to draw the world’s attention to the WORLD AIDS DAY theme of HIV Treatment Access and Human Rights. The ”Lights for Rights" campaign hopes to “Shine a Human Rights Light” on people with HIV to allow them to emerge from the shadows, fear and shame associated with HIV to live in the light where they can gain access to the information, service, care and essential medical treatments they need to live long and productive lives.

Event No. 3:
Handover of the Report of the Commission on AIDS
in the Pacific to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

When: Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 12.00 P.M. - 12.45 P.M.
UN Secretariat Building, Conference Room 8
(Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will personally receive the report and make a statement.
A press briefing will follow the official launch of the report. Details of press briefing below.

Prasada Rao, Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team in the Bangkok Regional Office will moderate the handover to the Secretary General by Misa Telefoni, the Chairman of the Commission.

Panel Members include:

Bertil Lindblad Director of the UNAIDS NYO, and Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa;
Maire Bopp, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF), Commission Member and a person who is living with HIV
Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General with additional responsibilities as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

The Report is a review of the current reality of the HIV epidemic in the Pacific Region, it summarizes the response to the epidemic in the region to date and attempts to provide guidance on the direction the response should take in the future.

In undertaking its work, the Commission and its Secretariat reviewed over 500 documents; commissioned eight studies and undertook two surveys of the perceptions of Pacific people to HIV. Most importantly, I believe, we listened to people affected by HIV and those working with them during consultations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and New Caledonia. We also enlisted national, regional and global experts to review the data and to peer review the draft of the report.

Both the Handover to the Secretary-General and the press briefing on the findings and recommendations will have a number of Internationally re-known experts on hand some of whom are member of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific Region and some were also involved in the development report.

Press briefing on the handover of the Report of the Commission on AIDS
(for media accredited to the Unite Nations)
(2 December 2009 - 2.00 P.M. – 2.30 P.M.
UN Secretariat Building, Room 226)