Friday, March 28, 2008

Stephen Lewis To Discuss HIV/AIDS Efforts April 10

Stephen Lewis, former Special Envoy to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for HIV/AIDS in Africa, will discuss efforts to promote more urgent and effective global responses to HIV/AIDS on Thursday, April 10, at Yale Law School. Lewis’ talk, “AIDS, Conflict, the United Nations and the Law,” will take place at 12:45 p.m. in Room 127. It is free and open to the public.

Stephen Lewis is co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international AIDS advocacy organization based in the United States. He served as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 through 2006. From 1995 to 1999, he was deputy executive director of UNICEF, and from 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Lewis is a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

He is co-chair of the Leadership Programme Committee for the XVII International AIDS Conference, to be held in Mexico City in August 2008. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and is chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada. He is author of the award-winning best-seller, Race Against Time:  Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa.

Stephen Lewis’ lecture is co-sponsored by the Yale Law School Law and Health Initiative and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.