Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation to hold high-level national dialogue on an inclusive response and youth dialogue on the topic of leadership and accountability in the HIV response

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Gaborone, Botswana | 22 August 2019

News media are invited to attend a High-Level National Political Dialogue on an Inclusive HIV Response, a Youth and Champions Dialogue and a Press Conference during the Champions’ country visit to Botswana. The three events will take place at the Gaborone International Conference Centre, Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of August 2019.

During the country visit to Botswana, the Champions will advocate for increased commitment to the acceleration of the HIV response and its implementation in Botswana. They will urge that no one is left behind and that political, social and legal barriers are addressed in order to fast-track ending AIDS.

The following Champions will partake in the Botswana country visit, dialogues and press conference: 

  1. H.E. Festus Mogae | former President of Botswana and Champions Chairperson

  2. H.E. Joyce Banda | Former President of Malawi

  3. H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe | former President of South Africa

  4. H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba | former President of Namibia

  5. Professor Miriam Were | former Chancellor of Moi University, Kenya

The Champions will also be joined by Ms Gunilla Carlsson UNAIDS EXD ai.

EVENT             High- Level National Political Dialogue on an Inclusive HIV response

DATE               Thursday, 29 August 2019

WHEN              17:30 to 19:00

WHERE            Gaborone International Conference Centre

EVENT             Youth and Champions Dialogue: Building young people’s leadership and accountability in the response

DATE               Friday, 30 August 2019

WHEN              08:30 to 10:00

WHERE            Gaborone International Conference Centre                            

 

EVENT             Media Conference  

DATE               Friday, 30 August 2019

WHEN              10:30 to 11:00

WHERE            Gaborone International Conference Centre

 

CONTACT

Sarah Bald | Champions | +267 72 738 503 | chapmpionsunaids@gmail.com  

Thuto Ditibane | NAPHA | +267 71  457 942 | tditibane@gov.bw

Mpho Mmelesi | UNAIDS Botswana | +267 72 892 326 | MmelesiM@unaids.org

Ineke Stoneham | U.S. Embassy Public Affairs | +267 373 2468 | StonehamIM@state.gov

 

RSVP

Please send your RSVP by Tuesday 27 August, 2019 to: Sarah Bald at email chapmpionsunaids@gmail.com, Ephraim Keoreng at this email KeorengET@state.gov and Thuto DItibane at this email tditibane@gov.bw.

 

 

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS

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 public health threat. The Champions transcend political partisanship to speak freely and independently about the issues that need solutions, both publically and behind the scenes.

 

The Champions are chaired by H.E. Festus Mogae and comprised of Former Presidents including H.E. Joaquim Chissano, H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, H.E. Alpha Konare, H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joyce Banda, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba and prominent personalities including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, H.E. Specioza Wandira, Prof. Mariam Were and Hon. Justice Edwin Cameron.