"As a religious leader, I am convinced that my faith must be more visible and active to halt the spread of HIV and reverse this pandemic."
TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - This is the opening line of the personal
commitment to action signed by over 450 religious leaders in the past
twenty months. In the commitment (www.hivcommitment.net) the leaders outline specific ways they will commit to breaking the
silence that surrounds HIV and AIDS and to overcome stigma and
Next week, leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1, Buddhist,
Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders from around the world will
meet at the national office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in
Toronto to assess progress in fulfilling this commitment.
The fifteen leaders, including religious leaders living with HIV, will
be joined by people living with HIV, and representatives of
organizations active in the response to HIV, including UNAIDS, World
AIDS Campaign, United Nations Population Fund and Global Network of
People Living with HIV (GNP+). They will be assessing efforts to
implement the recommendations of the Summit of High Level Religious Leaders in Response to HIV, held in the Netherlands in March 2010 and discussing ways to
strengthening religious leadership in the response to HIV.
A report, highlighting how these religious leaders and their faith
communities are fulfilling this commitment and recommendations for
future actions, will be released for World AIDS Day.
The meeting will be held November 29-30 and is organized by the
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (www.e-alliance.ch), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is hosted at the national office of
The Presbyterian Church in Canada (www.presbyterian.ca).
There will be opportunities for interviews with religious leaders at
11:30am on Wednesday November 30th or interviews may be arranged throughout the meeting on request.
SOURCE The Presbyterian Church in Canada
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Chair, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance HIV and AIDS Strategy Group
Associate Secretary for Stewardship
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
50 Wynford Dr. Toronto, ON M3C 1J7
TEL 416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 272
CEL 416-524-3218 www.presbyterian.ca