Cape Town, South Africa | 21 February 2019— The Former President HE Festus Mogae is in Cape Town, South Africa to chair a High-level Political Roundtable Dialogue themed “HIV, Health & Inclusion - A Conversation with the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa”. It is held as a collaboration between the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation, The Royal Commonwealth Society, UNAIDS, and Access Chapter 2.
H.E. Festus Mogae is Chairperson of the Champions, which comprises Former Presidents Joaquim Chissano, Kgalema Motlanthe, Benjamin Mkapa, Alpha Konare, Kenneth Kaunda, Olusegun Obasanjo, Joyce Banda, Hifikepunye Pohamba and prominent personalities including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Specioza Wandira, Mariam Were and Edwin Cameron.
The Roundtable Dialogue will mainly deliberate on contextualizing HIV, Health and Inclusion - where they will look into key issues for securing human rights of key populations; as well as bridging the generational divides and potential for reforms. They’d also look into engaging Parliamentarians in legislative reform - in which discussion they’d look at opportunities and actions required to secure human rights of key populations, particularly in Botswana, Seychelles, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. Perhaps also important will be reflections on the commitment by Parliamentarians and support of the Champions, Royal Commonwealth Society, UNAIDS, Access Chapter 2 and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
Hon. Gilbert Mangole from Botswana Parliament is joining other Legislators from Southern and Eastern Africa at the Roundtable Dialogue. Hon. Mangole is Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on HIV and AIDS.
Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation
The Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation are a distinguished group of former Presidents and influential African leaders committed to an AIDS-free generation. Individually and collectively, the Champions rally and support regional leaders towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a health threat. The Champions transcend political partisanship to speak freely and independently about the issues that need solutions, both publicly and behind the scenes.