17 September 2010
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Visit of UNAIDS Executive Director

Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, visited Australia on 27-31 August. Mr Sidibé spoke at the Lowy Institute for International Policy on the challenges and responses to the global HIV epidemic, addressed the plenary at the UN DPI/NGO conference in Melbourne, opened The Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights at Monash University, and spoke to several government officials in Canberra.

Michel Sidibé addressing the Lowy Institute on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic:

Prior to visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Mr Sidibé spent two days in Papua New Guinea where he discussed the just released HIV estimates and the country’s declining HIV rates.

In Sydney Mr Sidibé started the day with radio and television interviews (see ABC media coverage below). After that he addressed the Lowy Institute as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series on the challenges and responses to the global HIV epidemic and participated in a lunch roundtable hosted by the Lowy Institute. After that Mr Sidibé visited Sydney’s Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross, where the centre’s Director Dr. Marianne Jauncey showed him around. At the end of the day Michel was welcomed by the community at a reception in Darlinghurst.

Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

Professor Janice Reid AC
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.



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