HEAD OF GLOBAL FUND TO DELIVER PRE-G8 AND G20 MESSAGE ON HIV AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN TORONTO
Toronto: June 9, 2010 - The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is welcoming
to Canada one of world's foremost leaders in the fight against AIDS, Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Although speaking to audiences and media at two events on Friday, June 11, Dr. Kazatchkine is aiming a message
to leaders of the G8 who meet in Huntsville on June 25-26 before they attend the G20 summit in Toronto on June 26-27.
This Friday morning, at the Munk Centre of the University of Toronto, Dr. Kazatchkine will address the tremendous progress
made in scaling up the global response to AIDS, TB and malaria, and the remaining urgent need for services and medicines. He'll be joined
by two African grandmothers and activists, Siphiwe Hlope (of Swaziland Positive Living) and "Mama" Darlina
Tyawana (from the Alliance for Children's Entitlement to Social Security and the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa),
as well as author, academic, columnist and commentator Gerry Caplan. The event is jointly sponsored by the Legal
Network with the Comparative Program on Health and Society and the Global Health Diplomacy Unit at the University of Toronto.
Later that evening, Dr. Kazatchkine gives a free public lecture at the Grand Banking Hall in Toronto 's financial district. The audience will
consist of over 200 policy-makers, legal professionals, health researchers, activists and people living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS
attending the 2 nd Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights - see information at
www.aidslaw.ca/symposium . It is expected that
Dr. Kazatchkine will deliver a more pointed message on the role of human rights advocacy in overcoming the global AIDS crisis.
Dr. Kazatchkine has spent the past 25 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policy-maker and
diplomat - see further background at http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/secretariat/director/ .
About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Since 1992, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ( www.aidslaw.ca ) has been promoting
the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy
analysis, education, and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the
legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.
For more information and to arrange interviews:
Gilles Marchildon, Director of Communications
Tel: +1 416 595-1666 ext. 228
Cell: +1 647 248-2400
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