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17 January 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

China Central Television (CCTV) interview with Sir Elton John

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador James Chau joined us for last year’s World AIDS Day. James is also news anchor at China Central Television (CCTV) and made sure that the World AIDS Day celebrations in Sydney were widely covered in the Chinese media. His interview with Sir Elton John has been widely broadcasted in China, reaching some 200 million viewers.

Of course, we all know that Elton John is immensely popular all around the world, but he is one of the few entertainers from the ‘West’ who is truly well-known amongst all generations in China. James Chau spoke with Elton John about his pioneering action on AIDS and his Foundation. Below the interview and a longer version of the interview that was aired as a holiday special on the 30th of December 2011.

1 December 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador James Chau

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador James Chau spoke yesterday morning with ABC News Australia about World AIDS Day and the fight against HIV and AIDS.

30 November 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Australian Landmarks will turn red for World AIDS Day 2011

Today and tomorrow evening landmarks in Australia will be bathed in red for the global launch of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2011. Around the world, over 50 landmarks and iconic monuments will turn red in support of an AIDS-free generation by 2015.

The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge pylons and Canberra’s New and Old Parliament Houses and Black Mountain Tower will turn red as part of a global campaign to create an AIDS-free generation by 2015;  and to reduce cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 390,000 cases per year to zero by 2015.

On Wednesday 30 November, a World AIDS Day reception at the Opera House will be attended by the Governor-General and prominent HIV experts, advocates and activists involved in the global response to HIV/AIDS. The event is being coordinated by Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Creating an AIDS free generation by 2015 is an ambitious but attainable goal. It is one to which the world must remain committed” said Pacific Friends Chair Wendy McCarthy AO.

The Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon, will be speaking at the Reception, as will the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Hon Clover Moore MP.

A major theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is the compelling need to eliminate transmission of HIV from mother-to-child. One of the speakers at the Sydney Opera House will be Dr Mobumo Kiromat, the Clinical Director for the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Papua New Guinea.

Another key speaker is Mr James Chau, Presenter and Senior Anchor with the China Central Television Network (CCTV) who also serves UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. World AIDS Day Sydney will also hear from Robert Mitchell, President of the National Association of People Living with HIV AIDS and Mr Paul McClintock, Chair of Medibank.

Tune in to Twitter tonight for live coverage of the event between 7pm and 10pm on Twitter @PacificFriends #WorldAIDSDay #WAD2011 #GettingToZero #AIDSFreeGeneration2015 #turnRED #HIVisStillHere

Here is some coverage of last year’s event:

7 October 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Michael Kirby: Summing up the UNAIDS meeting on the criminalisation of HIV

In Geneva, from the 31 August to the 2 September, UNAIDS organised an expert meeting to review the scientific, medical, legal and human rights issues related to the criminalization of HIV exposure and transmission. Justice Michael Kirby, a retired judge of the High Court of Australia and member of Pacific Friends’ Coordinating Committee, was one of the experts to review the application of the criminal law to HIV.

Here an excerpt from an interview with Michael Kirby at the UNAIDS expert meeting in Geneva:

There are some exceptional cases where the criminal law has a role to play. However, the criminal law has been pushed into a whole range of other activities which are counter-productive from the point of view of a public health response to HIV. The use of criminal law is also likely to lead to disproportionate and highly punitive measures which are not helpful in responding to the epidemic in a way that prevents the spread of HIV.

After the meeting Michael Kirby did a wonderful job in summing up the key points and views from the high-level meeting in this report.

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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