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Tuesday: Global campaign for AIDS and children to be launched by UNICEF, UNAIDS and Kofi Annan

UNICEF says children are missing from the international AIDS response

Who:   Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director
H.E. Mrs. Jeanette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda
Bill Roedy, President, MTV Networks International
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore,
and young people affected by HIV/AIDS and other participants

What:  Launch of UNICEF/UNAIDS Campaign:
Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS

This event will be followed by the opening of a photo exhibit and two roundtable discussions on AIDS with technical experts and young people. 

When: Tuesday 25 October 2005, 10am-11am (Full events schedule attached)

Where:  United Nations Secretariat Building
 New York, N.Y. 10017

Why:  Children still see only a tiny fraction of the resources dedicated to fight AIDS. Less than 5 percent of HIV positive children have access to life-preserving pediatric drugs.  Less than ten percent of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS receive outside support.  And less than ten percent of women receive services to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies.

And yet children are paying a disproportionately high price for the HIV pandemic. Every day, 1,400 children under 15 die of AIDS-related illnesses and more than 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 are newly infected with HIV. Over 15 million children have lost at least one parent because of AIDS, and millions more have seen their communities disintegrate.

 “Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS” – a universal call to action:

HIV/AIDS is now a children’s disease, robbing tens of millions of their futures.  Launched by UNICEF and UNAIDS, this campaign aims to put children back in the picture – for treatment, protection, prevention and support during pregnancy.   Over the next five years it will unite the efforts of all those fighting AIDS to meet children’s needs in four key areas:

  • Prevent mother to child transmission; 
  • Provide paediatric treatment; 
  • Prevent infection among adolescents and young people;
  • Protect and support children affected by AIDS.

The event will be broadcast live on APTN Direct and UNTV. Advance video footage from around the world and one-to-one interviews with experts and leaders are available.

For further information, please contact:

Oliver Phillips, UNICEF Media, (+1 212) 326-7583,
ophillips@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, (+1 212) 326-7452,
kdonovan@unicef.org

Susan Lagana, UNICEF Media, +1 212 326-7516,
slagana@unicef.org

Event Rundown for 25 October

10:00 – 11:00 am

Campaign Launch – United Nations Secretariat Building
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Bill Roedy, President, MTV Networks International,  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore, Filmmaker Spike Lee and other guests will join Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director and Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director, to launch UNICEF/UNAIDS Campaign: Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS.

12:30 pm

Opening of photo exhibition - Danny Kaye Centre - UNICEF House
Nane Annan will give opening remarks to inaugurate the exhibition “UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST AIDS’. The exhibition features 22 images of children affected by HIV/AIDS from different regions. 

2:00 pm

Technical Roundtable on children and AIDS – UNICEF House
Hosted by Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Riz Khan, former senior CNN International News Anchor, the roundtable discussion will cover four major issues; prevention of mother to child transmission; provision of paediatric treatment; prevention of infection among adolescents and young people; protection and support children affected by AIDS.  This discussion will include effective HIV prevention interventions for young people and how UNICEF will scale up its efforts to protect orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

4:00 pm

Roundtable with children and young people – UNICEF House
Young people from Namibia, Thailand, India and Jamaica and high profile guests will discuss how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives and what can be done to make a difference. Several of the young people are active peer educators and are involved in community projects in their countries. Alyssa Milano, US Fund Goodwill Ambassador, will support this session with a testimonial from her trip to Lesotho.
Rownan Farrow, 17, Mia Farrow’s son, will moderate this session. 


7:00 pm – Photo OP

Lighting of the U.N. Secretariat Building
A large projection of the campaign logo will light up the building for several hours in a dramatic, galvanizing and above all public statement of what the United Nations stands for in this campaign.  


 

 

 

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