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Debate on food security, HIV and human rights

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28 February 2012

Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will join leaders from the United Nations, multilateral organizations, private sector companies, the ecumenical movement and civil society in a discussion forum on 29 February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The forum is being organized by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance together with its members Brot für Alle, Caritas Internationalis, Lutheran World Federation, World Alliance of YMCAs, World Student Christian Federation, World Vision International and World YWCA, and in collaboration with the World Council of Churches and the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom.

The discussion forum will provide an opportunity for Dr Williams to engage with a group of experts on food security and on the HIV response in order to explore current challenges and opportunities, the relevance of human rights principles, and the specific role of faith and faith communities in these operational contexts.

The forum follows his public lecture on “Faith, Human Rights and Human Dignity” hosted by the World Council of Churches on the evening of 28 February (18.30 in the Main Hall of the Ecumenical Centre, 150 route de Ferney, Geneva).

Among others joining Dr Williams in this discussion are Dr Debrework Zewdie, Deputy Director of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Dr David Nabarro, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Food Security and Nutrition, as well as executives from a number of companies active in the fields of health, agriculture and food.

The discussion forum, which will be held at the World Health Organization, is by invitation only, but can be followed on Twitter (@e_alliance #archbishopEAA). A video of the event will be posted online.

For more information contact:
Sara Speicher
+44 7821 860 723