Dur­ban gears up for Aids con­fer­ence

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SOUTH Africa is ready to host the 21st In­ter­na­tional Aids Con­fer­ence ( AIDS 2016) in Dur­ban, the gov­ern­ment has said.

The In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee (IMC) on AIDS 2016 is sat­is­fied South Africa and the global com­mu­nity can expect a pro­duc­tive and safe con­fer­ence in Dur­ban from July 18-22, Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Jeff Radebe said.

He said the line-up for the open­ing cer­e­mony re­in­forced the un­der­ly­ing char­ac­ter of the con­fer­ence as em­brac­ing all sec­tors of so­ci­ety in South Africa and around the world that are wag­ing the fight against HIV, Aids and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

The con­fer­ence will bring to­gether po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, civil so­ci­ety lead­er­ship, the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity, the donor sec­tor and or­di­nary peo­ple com­mit­ted to achiev­ing an HIV-free gen­er­a­tion, said Radebe.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will make the of­fi­cial open­ing ad­dress to set the tone for a con­fer­ence that “will reignite ad­vo­cacy in our own coun­try and around the world, and will help us make new strides to se­cure in line with the con­fer­ence theme-ac­cess, eq­uity and rights for all peo­ple in our pur­suit of pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and the elim­i­na­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion”..

Radebe said the IMC gave the as­sur­ance that this event, where close to 18 000 del­e­gates are ex­pected , would be safe. – Xin­hua

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