Monday, 21 April 2014

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Right to Health - Right to Life

High-level meeting on HIV and human Rights, coorganised by the European Commission and UNAIDS.

The meeting takes place from 16h30 on 27 May until 17h30 on 28 May at the Centre de Conference Albert Borschette, Room 0A, Brussels.

No pre-booking is required for journalists - you can access the meeting with your Press card.

No press point is foreseen, but written questions for Commissioner Tonio Borg and for UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Luiz Loures, can be sent to Frederic Vincent, Spokesman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Sophie Barton-Knotts ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), respectively.

Objectives

The purpose of this meeting is to promote and protect human rights and move towards zero discrimination for people living with or affected by HIV in the European Union and neighbouring counties. Specific objectives are:

  • To reaffirm European commitments to promote and protect human rights in the context of HIV, by ensuring the right to health, strengthening rights-based approaches to HIV and creating supportive legal environments
  • To identify progress, as well as gaps and challenges and to highlight evidence and best practices
  • To determine the next steps for the EU, Member States, neighbouring countries and civil society in promoting and protecting human rights in the context of HIV across the region.


Speakers include:

  • European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Mr Tonio Borg
  • Ministers of Health for Greece, Belgium, Moldova and the Ukraine and Minister for International Development for Finland
  • Members of the European Parliament: Michael Cashman and Claudiu Ciprian TĂNĂSESCU
  • Member of National Parliaments: Petra Bayr (AT)and R. Baptista Leite (PT)
  • UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Luiz Loures
  • Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Michel Kazatchkine

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