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7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 PARIS 07 SP, France


Nurturing the democratic debate.  
16-11-2004 3:30 pm UNESCO and the French AIDS association SIDA Info Service are organizing a day-long celebration on November 20 to encourage the sharing of experience and know-how between Africa and the African Diaspora in the continent’s struggle with the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event, held under the patronage of French National Commission for UNESCO, will include three roundtable debates and a concert at Organization Headquarters.

Organized within the framework of World AIDS Day, the event will be opened at 10 a.m. (Salle Miro) by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura; Jean Favier, President of the French National Commission for UNESCO; Amédée Thévenet, President of Sida Info Service; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Cristina Owen-Jones.

The first roundtable debate - The Rights of the Child, Education and HIV/AIDS: Protecting the Most Vulnerable (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room II) - will consider ways to reduce children’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and ways to ensure respect for their right to information, protection and care, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A buffet luncheon, organized by the HESHIMA association, will be served at 1 p.m. Its proceeds will go to an orphanage in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) for children whose parents died of AIDS.

A second roundtable debate on Examples of International HIV/AIDS Projects Undertaken in France (2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.) will present innovative projects targeting communities in Africa that have been initiated by African immigrants living in France.

The third roundtable, (4 to 6 p.m.) - Women Migrants and HIV/AIDS in the World: an Anthropological Approach - will consider the specific HIV/AIDS-related issues faced by the women who account for nearly half of the world’s 175 million migrants and consider their role in the response to HIV/AIDS in their country of origin as well as in their country of residence.

Meiwey (Côte d’Ivoire) and Rokia Traore (Mali) will perform during an entertainment programme (7 to 11 p.m., Room I) that will also feature dance, storytelling, and a documentary film screening. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, FNAC (also online at www.fnac.com) Virgin, Carrefour (20 euros).

Invitations for the day, except for the concert, are available to members of the public from:
33 (0)1 45 68 05 16 or evenements-speciaux@unesco.org .

Journalists wishing to cover the event are requested to obtain accreditations from
the Press Relatons Section +(0)145681748 i.le-fournis@unesco.org

For more information see: www.unesco.org/aids

Source Media advisory No 2004 - 79


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