21st Century Talks: can we control AIDS?The next session of the 21st Century Talks, to be held on June 14 at UNESCO (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Room II) and devoted to the theme “Can we control the AIDS Pandemic? Foresight, education, prevention,” will bring together, three distinguished personalities: Jim Yong Kim, Luc Montagnier, Cristina Owen-Jones.
The session will be opened by UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, who is the current chair of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and moderated by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Prospective Studies, Philosophy and Human Sciences Division.
The session will feature:
Physician and anthropologist Jim Yong Kim, the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Kim is a founding trustee of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health and is on leave from his post as Associate Professor at Harvard University and as Director of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Infectious Diseases and Social Change. He co-edited “Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor” (2000) as well as the 2003 and 2004 editions of the “World Health Report”.
French researcher and co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, Luc Montagnier, who is Professor Emeritus at the Institut Pasteur and President of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention. A member of France’s Academy of Medicine and its Academy of Science, he is the author of numerous works including “Virus” published in 2000.
Cristina Owen-Jones is an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. In recent years, she has worked with UNESCO’s Education of Children in Need programme and has actively supported the Don Bosco centres for homeless children in Argentina.