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Former president Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldof to speak at AIDS 2014
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Former president Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldof to speak at AIDS 2014

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:24 Written by // James Findlay

Excitement is building for the AIDS 2014 Conference as former US President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, has been announced as one of the high-profile speakers visiting Melbourne next month.

Former President Clinton will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, July 23 and joins other keynote speakers including musician and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof.

Geldof will share his views on the challenges ahead for defeating HIV in the developing world, in addition to delivering a speech at the closing session on Friday, July 25.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and renowned jurist and academic Michael Kirby will deliver keynote addresses at the opening ceremony.

Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014 International Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris said:

“AIDS 2014 gathers representatives of science, civil society, politics, and private sector to discuss together at an international level the most pressing issues linked to HIV/AIDS.

“It is only with an open and collaborative dialogue that we can advance in the response to HIV and to other health threats and having such high-level speakers will amplify the lasting impact of the conference.”

The announcement of President Clinton’s attendance comes a week after the launch of one of the most diverse cultural programs the Conference has seen in a very long time.

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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