On July 27th, the UNAIDS and China-Africa Business Council Meeting launched at StarTimes Beijing headquarters. Mr. Michel Sidibé, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNAIDS Executive Director, led 11 UNAIDS delegates and guests including Mr. Steve Kraus, Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and Pacific and Ms. Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS Country Director and Representative to China. Ms. Wang Li, Vice-chairman of China-Africa Business Council and Director of Deheng Law Offices; Mr. Pang Xinxing, Chairman of StarTimes Group; Ms. Guo Ziqi, Vice-president of StarTimes Group; Mr. Wang Xiaoyong, Secretary-General of China-Africa Business Council; and Mr. Hu Guanghua, Secretary-General of China Social Assistance Foundation attended the meeting. UNAIDS guests and Chinese representatives discussed ways of further deepening China-Africa cooperation in preventing and fighting against HIV/AIDS, promoting the localization of pharmaceutical production in Africa and driving the Increasing Love for Decreasing AIDS Fund’s (ILDA) aid to Africa.
The ILDA Fund has received great encouragement and support from Mr. Sidibé since its establishment in March, 2015. On the meeting, Mr. Sidibé once again praised China-Africa Business Council, partner organizations and enterprises for their commitment to public benefits, and thanked their contributions to facilitating Africa’s social and economic development. He encourages all to bring technology and innovation to a wider population. Mr. Sidibé also mentioned that despite achieving significant progresses, the global fight against HIV/AIDS still faces grave challenges. UNAIDS will continue to deepen its cooperation with various sectors to provide people living with HIV/AIDS with the aid they deserve.
Under Secretary-General Mr. Michel Sidibé speaking on the meeting
UNAIDS Country Director and Representative to China Ms. Catherine Sozi speaking on the meeting
As the China Social Assistance Foundation’s (CSAF) very first international charity project, the ILDA Fund has received immense support from CSAF since its establishment. On the meeting, Secretary-General of CSAF Mr. Hu Guanghua presented the Philanthropy Leadership Award to UNAIDS Country Director and Representative to China Ms. Catherine Sozi, in recognition and appreciation of her perseverant dedication to public benefits and deep support for the ILDA Fund. “There are two aspects of philanthropy: helping people directly and raising awareness. We directly help people living with HIV in Africa, and also raise Chinese people’s awareness of the epidemic. China Social Assistance Foundation will continue to foster the ILDA Fund, promote care and love for African people, raise awareness in China and let the combination of these works bear sweet fruits” said Mr. Hu.
Secretary-General of CSAF Mr. Hu Guanghu presenting Ms. Catherine Sozi the Philanthropy Leadership Award
On the meeting, Secretary-General of CABC and co-founder of the ILDA Fund Mr. Wang Xiaoyong reported on CABC and OAFLA’s joint effort in fighting against HIV/AIDS, ILDA Fund’s donation to 10 African countries, facilitating the localization of pharmaceutical production in Africa and advocating HIV/AIDS employee care. The report was followed by sincere and animated discussions on related topics.
Secretary-General of CABC and co-founder of ILDA Fund Mr. Wang Xiaoyong speaking on the meeting